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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 113-115
Brief Communication

Intermittent Bowel Obstruction Due to a Retained Wireless Capsule Endoscope in a Patient with a Small Bowel Carcinoid Tumour

Jonathan R Strosberg, David Shibata, and Larry K Kvols

H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, USA

Received 8 March 2006; Accepted 7 April 2006

Copyright © 2007 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A 43-year-old man with a history of metastatic carcinoid disease is presented. The patient had symptoms of chronic intermittent abdominal pain two years after undergoing a wireless capsule endoscopy procedure. Radiological examinations revealed a retained capsule endoscope, and the patient underwent exploratory laparotomy with capsule retrieval. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first case presentation of chronic, partial small bowel obstruction caused by unrecognized retention of a capsule endoscope.