Endoscopy 2006; 38(8): 836-840
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-944634
Original article
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

The role of simeticone in small-bowel preparation for capsule endoscopy

Z.-Z.  Ge1 , H.-Y.  Chen1 , Y.-J.  Gao1 , Y.-B.  Hu1 , S.-D.  Xiao1
  • 1Dept. of Gastroenterology, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Institute of Digestive Disease, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
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Publication History

Submitted 18 July 2005

Accepted after revision 8 June 2006

Publication Date:
28 August 2006 (online)

Background and study aims: Capsule endoscopy is a new diagnostic method allowing painless visualization of the entire small bowel. However, there is as yet no standardized protocol for bowel preparation before the examination. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of simeticone in reducing bowel gas bubbles in patients undergoing capsule endoscopy.
Patients and methods: A randomized, prospective, and controlled study was conducted, including 56 patients, from March to October 2004. The patients were randomly allocated to groups receiving either simeticone or no simeticone, on the basis of a computer-generated random number table. Patients in the simeticone group (n = 28) received 300 mg simeticone for bowel preparation 20 min before capsule endoscopy, while patients in the non-simeticone group (n = 28) received no medication for bowel preparation. Two experienced endoscopists assessed and graded the visibility of the mucosa and intraluminal gas bubbles in a single-blinded fashion.
Results: The visibility of the mucosa in the proximal small bowel in patients who received preparation with simeticone was considered to be better, with fewer intraluminal bubbles, than in those without bowel preparation (P < 0.025). Interobserver agreement was excellent (r ≥ 0.8, P < 0.05). No adverse effects of simeticone were observed.
Conclusions: Simeticone administration before capsule endoscopy improves the visualization of the mucosa in the proximal small intestine.


Z.-Z. Ge, M. D.

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