Yes. Barrett's is a histological diagnosis. Tissue can look abnormal at endoscopy but a biospsy will confirm and exclude dysplasia (precancerous changes).
Yes. The diagnosis of barrett's esophagus is made by both endoscopic appearance of the mucosa of the esophagus as well as pathological features found on biopsy of the abnormally appearing mucosa. Additionally, these findings must be confirmed by repeat upper GI endoscopy before a diagnosis can be made.
I just had an upper GI endoscopy for schatzki ring. A biopsy was taken for a possibly thickened esophageal mucosa. What is the purpose of the biopsy?
Rule out cancer. A Schatzki ring is a narrowing of the lower esophagus that is caused by a ring of mucosal tissue that normally lines the esophagus. Since it occurs at a place in the esophagus that is also affected by reflux and may resemble Barrett's esophagus, which is inflammatory, biopsy can help distinguish the variety of pathologies that can be found in this area. Read more...
I had an upper GI endoscopy and two biopsies which all came normal yet doc still wants me to take Nexium (esomeprazole) for a week why is that?
Better to ask doc. It is wonderful that your biopsies were negative, but that does not mean you don't have some evidence of reflux induced problems.People don't get scoped without some suggestive symptoms. If mild, your best treatment may be avoiding aggravating factors like nicotine of caffeine, and feeding before sleep. An otc product like Prilosec may help, or the doc may want extra coverage after the biopsies. Read more...
I had an upper GI endoscopy done yesterday. Everything was normal but the doc took biopsy of the stomach and duodenmum why would that be?
I just got an upper GI endoscopy and a biopsy was taken of my ulcers and sent to the lab. The doctor didn't mention cancer, would they still test it?
They will comment. When a tissue sample's sent from an organ like the stomach the pathologist receiving the specimen is well aware of the possibility that the sample could be from any number of places such as an ulcer, an abscess or infection, & it certainly could come from an area of cancer and so they will look for anything that is suspicious along those lines. Questions? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi. Read more...