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Douglas J. Springer
Dr.
F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.
Kingsport
Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology Associates
135 West Ravine Rd., Suite 3A
Kingsport
TN
37660

What is capsule endoscopy?

This procedure allows physicians to examine the small intestine and is primarily used to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. It is limited to patients who have had a colonoscopy and EGD (upper endoscopy) that have not yet revealed the source of blood loss.  It involves ingesting a vitamin-sized video capsule that takes pictures of the intestines as it travels through the GI tract. The pictures are sent to a data recorder worn on a belt and then downloaded to a computer where a physician views them to make a diagnosis.

Exactly what are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are normal veins that are located at the opening of the rectum and that over a period of time, become dilated and stretched and are often associated with bleeding, rectal pain, and rectal itching. The blood in the vein can become clotted causing severe discomfort that requires immediate attention. Most of the time, hemorrhoids do not need to be removed surgically nor treated with cautery lasers or other invasive treatments. Remember that not all rectal bleeding comes from hemorrhoids and frequently further investigation is important particularly after the age of 40.

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