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Revista chilena de pediatría

versión impresa ISSN 0370-4106

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MUNOZ, María Paz; VEGA, Álvaro; LECAROS, Daniela  y  SAITUA, Francisco. Description of capsule endoscopy use in a pediatric public hospital. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2018, vol.89, n.3, pp.339-345. ISSN 0370-4106.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0370-41062018005000102.

Introduction:

Capsule endoscopy (CE) is a non-invasive technique that allows visualization of small intestine mucosa. It is used for diagnosis of lesions not accessible with other tests. Our goal was to describe the experience using CE in a pediatric public hospital in Chile.

Patients and Method:

A retrospective study was carried out to review the cases in which CE was used at Dr. Luis Calvo Mac kenna Hospital from 2010 to date. Demographic and clinical data, findings, complications, diagnosis and treatment were recorded.

Results:

Twenty procedures were performed in 16 patients, 11 men (69%), median age 12 years (range 3 to 15 years). Indications included polyposis study (60%), sus pected Crohn disease (20%), obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (15%) and undiagnosed anemia (5%). Seventeen studies were altered (85%) and 11 led to a diagnosis or clinical behavior change (55%). There were no complications.

Conclusions:

CE is a useful and safe technique in children, feasible to perform in a pediatric public hospital.

Palabras clave : Capsule endoscopy; small intestine; intestinal polyposis; gastrointestinal hemorrhage; Crohn disease.

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