Small bowel obstruction by wireless enteroscopic capsule and unrecognized intestinal stricture

Am Surg. 2006 Dec;72(12):1216-7.


The wireless enteroscopy capsule (WEC) was approved for noninvasive visualization of small bowel. We report an unusual case of a previously healthy man with history of bowel resection and anastomosis who developed small bowel obstruction after ingestion of a WCE. At operation, an anastomotic stricture site was noted and the WEC was proximal to this stricture, causing obstruction. This case emphasizes the importance of a good history and physical examination, as well as vigilant follow-up and retrieval of WEC.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Surgical / adverse effects*
  • Capsule Endoscopes / adverse effects*
  • Constriction, Pathologic / complications
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / etiology*
  • Ileostomy / adverse effects
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged