This is a condition where the lining of the oesophagus changes and becomes potentially prone to an increased cancer rate.
This is observed in patients with:
It is thought to be related to reflux. It is identified by endoscopy and often surveillance every three years is advised, by repeated endoscopy.
Patients with any dysplasia in Barrett’s oesophagus can undergo ablation with the expectation that the risk of cancer will be reduced if not completely eliminated. The new technique of Halo Ablation is extremely promising and five-year results in very well respected journals are encouraging.
See www.MayoClinic.org/news2008 for Halo ablation endoscopy in Texas, USA.
Watch a video of Professor Falk performing a Barrett’s Ablation here: