Center for Minimally Invasive Esophageal Therapies
Diseases & Conditions
Barrett's Esophagus – Diagnostic Procedures
How is Barrett's Esophagus Diagnosed?
Diagnosis is often difficult, because symptoms may be limited. The main diagnostic tool is upper endoscopy:
Endoscopy. You will receive an intravenous sedative and pain medication. The physician will spray a numbing solution in your throat and then examine the area using an endoscope—a lighted tube with a small camera at the end. They will be able to view any abnormalities and take a tissue samples (biopsies). Diagnosis is often difficult, because symptoms may be limited. The main diagnostic tool is endoscopy: