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Colonoscopy Beats 'Camera Pill' at Catching Colon Cancer
Date:7/15/2009

t deficiencies in identifying both polyps and cancers.

"The results were still admirable in terms of what colon capsules were able to identify," she observed. "And although the prep for the capsule exam is more arduous than the prep for a colonoscopy, it seems that the experience was viewed as convenient, safe and tolerable."

"I think that in certain patient populations --those incapable of undergoing a colonoscopy because they are very difficult to sedate, or those that are just not willing to undergo a colonoscopy -- this may be an appropriate alternative," she said. "But patients will have to weigh the options, recognizing that the accuracy of colon capsule detection is lower."

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For additional information and resources on capsule endoscopy, visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.



SOURCES: Andre Van Gossum, M.D., department of gastroenterology, Erasme University Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium; Felice Schnoll-Sussman, M.D., gastroenterologist and director, research, the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City; July 16, 2009, The New England Journal of Medicine


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