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PillCam Capsule Endoscopy

Indications & Risks


  • The PillCam patency capsule is an accessory to the PillCam capsule and is intended to verify adequate patency of the gastrointestinal tract prior to administration of the PillCam capsule in patients with known or suspected strictures

Contraindications for Use:

  • The PillCam patency capsule is contraindicated in patients with swallowing disorders

Procedure Risks

There is a rare risk of capsule aspiration while patients are attempting to swallow a PillCam capsule.  There is also a low risk of skin irritation from the PillCam sensor array’s sleeve adhesive or silicone exposure.
The PillCam capsule may be administered by using transendoscopic delivery in patients who are either unable to ingest the capsule or who are known to have slow gastric emptying.  If using transendoscopic delivery, potential complications include, but are not limited to: perforation, hemorrhage, aspiration, fever, infection, hypertension, respiratory arrest, and cardiac arrhythmia or arrest.
Medical, endoscopic, or surgical intervention may be necessary to address any of these complications, should they occur.
After ingesting a PillCam capsule and until the capsule is excreted, patients should not be near any source of powerful electromagnetic fields, such as one created by an MRI device.
This information should not be used as a substitute for medical advice concerning specific diagnosis and treatment.