The optimal timing for using capsule endoscopy for patients with gastrointestinal bleeding

Chao Chin Chao, Lein Ray Mo, Susan C. Hu

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Objectives. Capsule endoscopy (CE) is a useful diagnostic modality for patients with occult gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. However, most previous studies utilizing CE have focused on techniques, patient characteristics, safety and feasibility, and case analyses. Studies evaluating the optimal timing for utilizing CE, which is an essential factor for obtaining a better diagnostic yield, remain scarce in the literature. Considering that a CE examination is expensive, we, therefore, undertook this study to evaluate, analyze, and determine the optimal time for performing CE in patients with occult GI bleeding. Methods. Seventy-five patients were initially recruited, but finally, sixty patients with significant GI bleeding with an unknown etiology after traditional endoscopic examinations were included in the study. All data were collected from a local hospital in Taiwan, encompassing the period from 2010 to 2018. The relationship between the timing of CE examination and the diagnostic correction rate (DCR) was then analyzed statistically. Results. More female (58.3%) and older adult (68.3%) patients were in our study. Based on the four analytical models used in the study, the results showed that the most optimal time to perform CE is within three days after GI bleeding occurs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7605324
JournalBioMed research international
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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