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Oct
2007

Since its introduction, capsule endoscopy (CE) has made it possible to visualize the small intestine mucosa directly. However, owing to the limited battery life, only 60-80% of the capsules could reach the cecum and would possibly affect the diagnostic yield. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of oral mosapride on gastrointestinal transit time and the diagnostic yield of CE.
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