Pediatric Gastroenterology

Capsule Enteroscopy

The pediatric gastroenterology specialists at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and associated organs.
Capsule Enteroscopy is performed to evaluate the small intestine, an area of the bowel that cannot be seen with an endoscopy or colonoscopy. It is performed when small bowel disease is suspected after an endoscopy and colonoscopy have already been performed.
What to Expect
  • Your child will not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before the test.
  • You will come to the Ambulatory Procedure Center on the second floor of UW Hospital and Clinics.
  • The nurse will attach a number of patches to your child's abdomen to track the capsule as it passes through the intestine. A large capsule is then swallowed.
  • Your child will need to carry a small recorder that receives the images from the capsule for up to eight hours after the capsule is swallowed. You need to return the recorder to the Ambulatory Procedure Center the next day.
  • The capsule will eventually pass in the stool. It does not need to be recovered.
  • We will call you when we receive the results.