Bowel preparation before small bowel capsule endoscopy: what is the optimal approach?

Jan J. Koornstra*

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The usefulness of bowel preparation before small bowel capsule endoscopy is surrounded with controversy. In this concise review, the available literature is discussed. Current evidence indicates that bowel preparation with purgative agents increases the diagnostic yield of the procedure by improving small bowel mucosal visualization compared with a clear liquid diet or overnight fast. With respect to the type of purgative, most evidence supports the use of polyethylene glycol (PEG). The optimal dose of PEG that needs to be administered before capsule endoscopy is not entirely clear, but 2 I appears to be sufficient Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 21:1107-1109 (C) 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-1109
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean journal of gastroenterology & hepatology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2009


  • bowel preparation
  • capsule endoscopy
  • polyethylene glycol
  • purgative
  • small bowel

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