Screening for Barrett's Esophagus by Balloon Cytology

M. Brian Fennerty, John DiTomasso, Thomas G. Morales, Douglas Peterson, A. Karmakar, Terrie Fernandez, Richard Sampliner

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Objective: to determine whether balloon cytology would allow a nonendoscopic diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus. Methods: In 10 unselected patients with Barrett's esophagus, balloon cytology was performed with a Brandt esophageal cytology balloon catheter prior to endoscopy/esophageal biopsy. Specimens were cytologically evaluated for the presence of goblet cells and/or dysplasia. Results: No patient had goblet cells or definitive columnar cell dysplasia. Conclusion: This technique with a commercially available balloon catheter does not allow for a nonendoscopic diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1230-1232
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of gastroenterology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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