A new regimen of bowel preparation for PillCam colon capsule endoscopy: A pilot study

Cristiano Spada, Cesare Hassan, Marcello Ingrosso, Alessandro Repici, Maria Elena Riccioni, Marco Pennazio, Giuseppe Alessandro Pirozzi, Nico Pagano, Paola Cesaro, Gianluca Spera, Lucio Petruzziello, Guido Costamagna

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Background: Colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) represents a new diagnostic, endoscopic technology for colonic exploration. Current protocols of preparation led to discordant rates of adequate cleansing level or CCE excretion. Aim: To evaluate the effect of a new regimen of bowel preparation for CCE on colon cleansing levels and on rate of capsule excretion. Study: 60 patients were prospectively enrolled. The new regimen of preparation consisted of a split regimen of PEG administration and of a 45 mL dose of sodium phosphate (NaP). Four senna tablets and a low-residue diet were also included. CCE excretion rate, colon cleansing, and accuracy were assessed. Results: Forty-six patients were included in the final analysis, 13 patients (22%) being excluded because of preparation protocol deviations and one due to CCE technical failure (2%). At CCE, bowel preparation was rated as good in 78% of patients, fair in 20% and poor in 2%. CCE excretion rate occurred in 83% of patients. CCE sensitivity and specificity for significant findings was 100% and 95%, respectively. Conclusions: The combination of a split-dose of PEG solution with a low dose of NaP boosters resulted in high rates of adequate cleansing level and CCE excretion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Colon capsule endoscopy
  • PillCam colon
  • Preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology


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