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World J Gastrointest Endosc. May 16, 2010; 2(5): 143-146
Published online May 16, 2010. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v2.i5.143
Can we improve the diagnostic yield of small bowel video-capsule endoscopy?
Konstantinos Triantafyllou
Konstantinos Triantafyllou, Hepatogastroenterology Unit, 2nd Department of Internal Medicine - Propaedeutic, Medical School, Athens University, “Attikon” University General Hospital, Haidari 12464, Greece
Author contributions: Triantafyllou K contributed solely to this paper.
Correspondence to: Konstantinos Triantafyllou, MD, PhD, Hepatogastroenterology Unit, 2nd Department of Internal Medicine - Propaedeutic, “Attikon” University General Hospital, Rimini 1, Haidari 12464, Greece. ktriant@med.uoa.gr
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Received: September 9, 2009
Revised: March 15, 2010
Accepted: March 22, 2010
Published online: May 16, 2010

Video-capsule endoscopy has revolutionized the examination of small bowel mucosa. However, this modality is relatively young and its diagnostic yield is low. Herein, we discuss different approaches to improve examination’s diagnostic yield. There are strong data supporting some of them while there is speculation about the rest. As capsule endoscopy continues to evolve there is also a strong belief that technology will overcome at least some of the obstacles that hamper capsule endoscopy’s diagnostic yield sometime in the near future.

Keywords: Video-capsule endoscopy, Small bowel, diagnostic yield