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Vibrating capsule relieves chronic idiopathic constipation

Vibrating capsule relieves chronic idiopathic constipation
October 19, 2017

ORLANDO — An intraluminal vibrating capsule called Vibrant safely relieved moderate-to-severe chronic idiopathic constipation in a dose-dependent manner, according to trial results presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017.

During his presentation, Eamonn Quigley, MD, MACG, professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital, described the technology as “a vibrating capsule with a two-piece shell, flat motor, electronic card, batteries and a battery bridge, which is easy to swallow, and is intrinsically timed to have a delay mechanism, so it does not activate or begin vibrating until 8 hours after it’s been ingested in an attempt to approximate its arrival in the colon.” He added that an activation base unit transmits electromagnetic signals to the capsule to activate it, and then it vibrates to mechanically stimulate bowel movement.

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