Small bowel capsule endoscopy performance in octogenarians: A case-control Study

Carlo M. Girelli, Stefania Maiero, Paola Porta, Renato Cannizzaro

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Background and Study Aims: Capsule endoscopy is a high-sensitive tool for the investigation of suspected small bowel disorders, but its effectiveness in elderly patients is unknown. We sought to determine capsule endoscopy feasibility and diagnostic yield in octogenarians. Patients and Methods: Records of patients ≥80 years old (Group A) were retrieved from a database of 827 consecutive capsule endoscopy performed on as many patients. Capsule endoscopy failures, complications, diagnostic yield, and findings were recorded and compared with those of patients younger than 80 (Group B), randomly extracted from the same database in a > 2:1 ratio. Results: Group A consisted of 79 patients, 84 ± 6 years old and Group B of 188, 44 ± 11 years old (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Volume66 A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


  • Aging
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Small bowel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Medicine(all)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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