Digestive Disease Diagnosed by Expert Doctors Using Capsule Endoscopy at Mercy

The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy in Baltimore offers innovative therapeutic endoscopy procedures to help diagnose or treat digestive disease. Capsule endoscopy, offered in our dedicated endoscopy suite, helps Mercy’s doctors specializing in therapeutic endoscopy to view the digestive tract and provide the best treatment options for digestive disease.

What is a Capsule Endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure designed to help doctors see what is happening inside the digestive tract (also known as the GI tract or gastrointestinal tract). The digestive tract is the tube that extends from the mouth to the anus. It is the movement of muscles along the digestive tract that digests food. A capsule endoscopy can substitute or supplement traditional endoscopy procedures.

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How does a Capsule Endoscopy work?

A capsule endoscopy requires a patient to swallow a vitamin-sized pill containing an encapsulated camera that passes smoothly and painlessly through the digestive tract. The camera transmits continuous images enabling the therapeutic endoscopist to view and diagnose numerous digestive diseases.

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When is a Capsule Endoscopy recommended?

A capsule endoscopy is recommended for people experiencing symptoms of chronic abdominal pain, an upset stomach, unexplained weight loss, or anemia. A capsule endoscopy is used to diagnose digestive diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and tumors.