Pediatric PillCam gets FDA nod
The FDA has cleared Given Imaging's PillCam SB video capsules and Agile patency capsules for use in patients two years old and older.<br /><br />According to the Yoqneam, Israel-based company, PillCam SB is used by physicians to evaluate patients and detect small bowel abnormalities, such as obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, iron deficiency anemia, suspected Crohn's disease, suspected small intestinal tumors, polyposis syndromes, as well as in suspected or refractory malabsorptive syndromes, such as celiac disease.  <br /><br />The Agile Patency system is an accessory to the PillCam video capsule intended to verify adequate patency of the gastrointestinal tract in patients with known or suspected strictures prior to administration of the PillCam video capsule, Given said. Clinical situations in which physicians may wish to confirm patency include suspicion of strictures due to Crohn's disease, chronic nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug use, tumors and radiation enteritis.<br /><br />