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pill cam vs endoscopy

i had an endoscopy done and have been seeing many people say they got a diagnosis through a pill cam, is there an actual difference between the two? should i ask my GI for a pill cam since they saw nothing wrong visibly in the endoscopy and colonoscopy

  1. Hi -

    Yes, the endoscopy and pill cam (also called capsule endoscopy) are two separate procedures. Here is some more information about the differences:

    https://inflammatoryboweldisease.net/diagnostic-tests-and-procedures/diagnostic-endoscopy-procedures

    If your endoscopy and colonoscopy didn't provide diagnostic information, I would definitely suggest talking to your doctor about additional testing such as the pill cam.

    Thinking of you!
    Warmly,
    Amanda (InflammatoryBowelDisease.net Team Member)

    1. a colonoscopy only looks at the colon, whereas the pill cam looks at the whole GI tract. Hope this helps!


      ~ Sahara (Team member)

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