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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 215028, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Comparison between Capsule Endoscopy and Magnetic Resonance Enterography for the Detection of Polyps of the Small Intestine in Patients with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis

1Department of Gastroenterology, Ankara Ataturk Research and Education Hospital, 06800 Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Radiology, Ankara Ataturk Research and Education Hospital, 06800 Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Gastroenterology, Yildirim Beyazit University, 06800 Ankara, Turkey

Received 15 July 2011; Revised 11 September 2011; Accepted 19 October 2011

Academic Editor: Martin Keuchel

Copyright © 2012 E. Akin et al. 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.


Objective. The objective of this study was to assess the utility of magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) compared with capsule endoscopy (CE) for the detection of small-bowel polyps in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Methods. Patients underwent MRE and CE. The polyps were classified according to size of polyp: <5 mm (small size), 5–10 mm (medium size), or >10 mm (large size). The location (jejunum or ileum) and the number of polyps (1–5, 6–20, >20) detected by CE were also assessed. MRE findings were compared with the results of CE. Results. Small-bowel polyps, were detected by CE in 4 of the 6 (66%) patients. Three patients had small-sized polyps and one patient had medium-sized polyps. CE detected polyps in four patients that, were not shown on MRE. Desmoid tumors were detected on anterior abdominal wall by MRE. Conclusion. In patients with FAP, CE can detect small-sized polyps in the small intestine not seen with MRE whereas MRE yields additional extraintestinal information.