Small bowel patency capsule

Case contributed by Dr Vikas Shah


Check if patency capsule has passed.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

Abdominal x-ray

A cylindrical foreign body is seen in the cecum, in keeping with a patency capsule that has traversed the small bowel successfully.

Case Discussion

Patency capsules are absorbable capsules administered to ensure that a subsequently administered capsule endoscope can pass through the small bowel and not become stuck at a stricture. They may be passed in the stools or absorbed within the bowel. The positioning of this patency capsule within the cecum indicates that it has successfully passed through the small bowel.

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Case information

rID: 57484
Published: 28th Dec 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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