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i-am-me
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had this happen?My husband has crohns and this pill has been stuck for 4 months! they knew 3 weeks after and never followed up. im so upset, they now have to do surgery a
nd remove 18 in of his intestine. Help someone! 

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry, I have no information to offer, other than I wanted to reply to your query, since you posted it more than 4 hours ago.

I had a capsule endoscopy done before my 2008 surgery and I was made aware of the risks of it becoming lodged. Have they tracked it with x-rays or ultrasound? Is the reason he is losing 18" of his intestine *because* of the pill cam or was it something that was going to be necessary, anyways? I would probably be very upset if I were losing gut because of a procedure. I would be most angry if this [removal of 18"] were something that could have been avoided if they had removed the pill cam immediately.
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MikeB
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the general consensus is that if you have narrowing that is so pronounced that the pill cam gets permanently stuck, you need the surgery anyway to remove an area that is headed for obstruction and a possible medical emergency. The pill cam is designed to diagnose, and by lodging it diagnoses a stricture that is pretty certain to lead to surgery in the near future anyway. Perhaps it si better to lose 18 inches now to remove the pill cam than to lose the same 18 inches in six months or a year following a most uncomfortable and health-threatening blockage.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I think what the others have said is pretty correct.  If the pill gets stuck that is a pretty indicator that you need to have a resection anyway. 
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i-am-me
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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. WHAT BOTHERS ME IS, HE HAD SOME INFLAMMATION BUT NOT ENOUGH TO CAUSE ANY BLOCKAGE. THE DUMMY PILL WENT THROUGH FINE, SO IM WONDERING IF THIS PILL BEING STUCK FOR MONTHS COULD HAVE  INFLAMMED IT EVEN MORE. IM JUST REALLY UPSET THAT THIS COULD BE THE REASON WHY HE HAS TO HAVE THIS SURGERY TO REMOVE INTESTINE. WE DIDNT KNOW IT WAS SOMETHING TO WORRY about WHEN THEY SAW IT ON XRAY 3 WEEKS AFTER HE SWALLOWED IT. IM WONDERING IF THEY WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING BACK THEN IF WE'D BE IN THIS POSITION SO EARLY IN HIS DISEASE. HE'S JUST SO YOUNG AND HAS TO GO THE REST OF HIS LIFE FIGHTING THIS DISEASE AND TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM SURGERY. GOD BLESS!

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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
He evidently had more narrowing than was thought for it to get stuck. This test did not cause him to have to have surgery, I am pretty sure that he was on his way there already. He may end up after having this surgery going onto years of remission. Be sure he always takes some type of maintainence meds to keep the inflammation levels down after surgery. I believe this should be a lifelong thing.

This is a chronic illness and he is going to have many ups and downs. But I can tell you after 30+ years with this disease, I believe I have actually had more good days than bad. Hope that helps some.

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Juju58
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   Posted 5/31/2014 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Had a routine capsule endoscopy in January 2013. Unfortunately the camera became stuck. Before it was decided how and when it would be removed I ended up having emergency surgery for a necrotic bowl. The surgery went well but within hours my organs shut down and I was on life support not expected to live. After eight months in hospitals and rehab wards (two months in ICU) I'm finally home but minus my hands and feet.
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