To determine if you have Barrett’s oesophagus, your gastroenterology doctor will start by asking you to provide your medical history. If you have many factors that increase your chances of developing Barrett’s oesophagus, your doctor will recommend diagnostic tests for Barret’s oesophagus:
The two main tests to diagnose this condition are:
- Upper Endoscopy – (gastroscopy) In this procedure, a thin, flexible tube, called an endoscope, will be inserted down your oesophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It will allow your gastroenterologist to see changes in the lining of your oesophagus.
- Endoscopic biopsy –In this test, a small amount of cell tissue is removed from the lining of the oesophagus during the endoscopy and sent to a laboratory to be checked for cellular changes.
Same-day diagonostic procedures at OneWelbeck
The new Digestive Health Centre at OneWelbeck in London can provide you with fast, high-quality-diagnostic services to investigate the symptoms of Barrett’s Oesophagus. Most of these services can be conducted as day-case procedures, without the need for overnight stay. It may take a few days for the results of laboratory tests from a biopsy to become available.
At OneWelbeck, patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of specialist professionals who have access to the latest medical technology to diagnose and manage the condition.
Monitoring Barrett’s Oesophagus
If you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s oesophagus, your GI specialist may recommend that you have an endoscopy (gastroscopy) and biopsy on a regular basis to watch out for signs of cancer development.
Experts do not agree on how frequent these monitoring procedures should be performed. At OneWelbeck, your specialist will discuss your diagnosis with you, and advise you how often you should be monitored based on your individual circumstances.