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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||The American journal of gastroenterology|
|State||Published - Aug 1995|
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