1146.1 - Capsule Endoscopy for the Diagnosis of Suspected Small Bowel Crohn Disease (Resubmission)

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic test, conducted in an outpatient setting, in which the gastrointestinal system is visualised via a camera inside an ingested capsule. The current application requests an extension to the current MBS listing for capsule endoscopy to also include the diagnosis of suspected small bowel Crohn disease

Description of Medical Condition

Crohn disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract, but in cases of small bowel involvement, typically affects the terminal ileum. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, and inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration. Crohn disease is believed to be caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. These factors result in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.

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Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

No second PASC required
Final Protocol (PDF 598 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 435 KB)

Assessment Report

Submission report withheld at the request of the applicant

Public Summary Document

Final Public Summary Document (PDF 192 KB)
Final Public Summary Document (Word 159 KB)

Meetings for this Application


18 April 2013


10 - 11 October 2013


28 November 2013