Detecting and Managing Small Bowel Crohn’s Disease – Capsule Endoscopy Becoming a First Line Diagnostic Method?
Johannes Hausmann and Jörg G Albert*
Department of Medicine 1, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
- Corresponding Author:
- J. Albert, MD
Department of Medicine I, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Hospital
Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: November 06, 2011; Accepted Date: November 13, 2011; Published Date: November 15, 2011
Citation: Hausmann J, Albert JG (2011) Detecting and Managing Small Bowel Crohn’s Disease – Capsule Endoscopy Becoming a First Line Diagnostic Method? J Gastroint Dig Syst S1:002. doi:10.4172/2161-069X.S1-002
Copyright: © 2011 Hausmann J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Small bowel endoscopy is crucial for diagnosing small bowel Crohn’s disease, and capsule endoscopy is complemented by balloon-assisted enteroscopy to take biopsies and by magnetic resonance imaging to visualize enteral and extra-intestinal involvement. Recently, imaging has also become a key instrument to manage Crohn’s disease patients. Treatment control is advised for patients who have undergone bowel resections and is increasingly used to testify treatment success in non-operated patients, too. In this review we present the modern imaging methods to diagnose and to manage Crohn’s disease with a special focus on the small bowel. Moreover, current knowledge on the impact of diagnostic methods on the patients’ outcome is reported.