Crohn's in the
Small Bowel

Does it feel like you're in the dark?

If you have Crohn's disease, you aren't alone. In fact, more than 10,000 people in the US and Canada are diagnosed with Crohn's disease every year. And as that number steadily increases, there are an estimated 565,000 Americans with Crohn's. Because there isn't just one test for Crohn's disease, getting a diagnosis can often be a long and frustrating process.1,2

There as many as 565,000
with Crohn's in the US.2


All patients with suspected Crohn's disease will have to undergo a
colonoscopy as part of their initial diagnosis. However, if you are one
of the 30% of Crohn's patients with disease activity limited to the
small bowel, the PillCam small bowel (SB) capsule may be an alternative to a follow-up colonoscopy or endoscopy.4,21

Crohn's in the Small Bowel

You may have small bowel Crohn's

Crohn's disease most commonly affects the terminal ileum, which connects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon. However, it can appear anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. In one study, more than half of Crohn's patients had lesions in their small bowel, and as many as 30% of Crohn's patients have lesions only in the small bowel.6,21

of Crohn's disease
patients have small
bowel lesions.6
interact to view anatomy*
Crohn's in the Small Bowel

Preventing disease progression is important

Preserving the small bowel is important. It connects the stomach to the large intestine and performs many functions, including absorption of nutrients during the digestion process. A host of malnutrition problems can arise depending upon the severity of damage done to the small bowel.22,23

When you have Crohn's, it's important to feel confident in your treatment plan. According to one study, 62% of patients had their medication changed by their doctor within three months of using the PillCam™ SB capsule.7

* PillCam SB™ is only indicated for visualization of the small bowel. This interactive tool is intended to illustrate how the capsule moves through the digestive system.

Crohn's in the Small Bowel

Direct visualization may
lead to a better prognosis

Direct visualization of the small bowel mucosa can detect abnormalities that a traditional endoscopy or colonoscopy procedure could miss. While those methods are extremely valuable, they simply aren't able to reach inside the entire small bowel.18,24

Plus, the PillCam™ SB capsule can directly see the early stages of small bowel ulceration where a CTE and SBFT might not.4,9,10 Catching small bowel Crohn's disease early and creating an appropriate treatment plan may lead to a better overall prognosis.8,26,27

PillCam™ small bowel (SB) capsule digestive tract images
The PillCam™ SB capsule captures images
quickly as it travels through the digestive tract,
giving doctors thorough, direct visualization of
the small bowel.
What is an SBFT? A Small Bowel Follow Through (SBFT) is an x-ray exam of your small bowel to detect abnormalities. As part of the procedure, you swallow liquid barium and a series of x-rays are taken as the barium travels through your small bowel. It's a non-invasive exam, but does expose you to radiation.
What is a CTE? Computerized tomography enterography (CTE) can view your small bowel from the outside with a special X-ray technique. It can provide images of abnormalities in your intestine, as well as tissues outside the bowel. It's a noninvasive procedure, but it exposes you to more radiation than a conventional X-ray.
Crohn's in the Small Bowel

Greater risk for severe
disease progression over time

Crohn's behaves differently in the small bowel than it does in the colon. Patients with lesions in the small bowel are at greater risk for disease complication. Because small bowel Crohn's may lead to complications over time, it's important to catch and treat problems as soon as possible.25

What is a stricture? This is a narrowing of part of the gut due to scar tissue that may form in the wall of an inflamed part of the gut. A stricture can make it difficult for food to pass normally and lead to pain and/or vomiting.
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