Pediatric Capsule Endoscopy

Pediatric Capsule Endoscopy

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Summary

A pediatric capsule endoscopy is a wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) used to capture images of the intestine.

Expanded Overview

WCE is an exam of the small intestine. It uses a capsule with a tiny camera. Most children will easily swallow this capsule. The capsule is about the size of a large vitamin.

It can take pictures through the small intestine by sending images to a recording device that is worn around the waist. There are also 8 stickers placed on your child’s abdomen. These stickers help the capsule take the pictures. The patient wears this recording device for 8 to 10 hours.

The information received from the recording device is sent to a computer program. It is then reviewed by the gastroenterologist. The capsule is naturally passed in the stool.

Preparation

The Day before the Test

  • Your child may eat a regular breakfast and lunch.
  • After 2 pm, your child may have clear liquids only. Do not give any red colored liquids! Examples of clear liquids are: apple juice, white grape juice, ginger ale, powdered drink mixes, such as Kool-aid or Crystal lite, clear soup broths, Jello, or popsicles without real fruit juice.
  • Do not give any solid food, milk and milk products, or any juices with pulp, such as orange, pineapple, or grapefruit juice after 2 pm.
  • Medicines may be taken as usual the day before the test.

The Morning of the Test

  • Allow enough time to get to the hospital on time. If you arrive late, the procedure WILL BE cancelled.
  • Do not give your child their morning medicines. However, you should bring your child’s medicines with you to the hospital.
  • Your child may have clear liquids to drink until 3 hours before the scheduled procedure time.
  • Your child may not have anything else to drink after this time. This includes water, gum, and hard candy.

When to Call the Doctor

  • If you have any questions, call the endoscopy nurse at 214-456-8018 from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
  • If you are unable to prepare your child as directed, please call GI office at 214-456-8000. Ask to speak with the gastroenterologist on call.

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