Barrett’s Oesophagus

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Evolution of Barrett’s and Cancer Picture and Diagram courtesy of Device Technologies

 

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.

High-Grade Dysplasia

Dysplasia: early changes in Barrett’s oesophagus before cancer can be identified and are found by endoscopy and biopsy.

Identification:

Dysplasia can only be identified by taking many biopsies. There are different grades of dysplasia. High-gradedysplasia is particularly concerning for development of cancer.

Treatment:

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.

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Oesophageal Mucosa Pre-HALO Treatment. Picture courtesy of Device Technologies

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Oesophageal Mucosa Post-HALO Treatment – 2 years Picture Courtesy of Device Technologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch a video of Professor Falk performing a Barrett’s Ablation here:

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