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Capsule endoscopy turning up undiagnosed cases of Crohn's disease
Date:10/16/2007

The mean age of study patients who were diagnosed with Crohns disease was 35 years. All were being evaluated for iron deficiency anemia requiring blood transfusions. Only two patients had abdominal pain and diarrhea the typical symptoms of Crohns disease. The length of time that patients had anemia until they were successfully diagnosed ranged from 11 months to 15 years. After correct diagnosis, the patients were successfully treated with medications and none required surgery.

This study suggests the importance of using capsule endoscopy to fully evaluate people with unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding, said Bloomfeld.


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