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If you have Barrett's esophagus, ask your physician about the various management options available to you depending on the severity of your Barrett's esophagus. The following are some of these options:
One option that your physician may recommend, after you have a diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus, is endoscopy with biopsy (examination of your esophagus and sampling of the tissue) at various intervals to detect progression to more severe stages of disease or cancer. The frequency at which you undergo surveillance may be dependent upon the stage (severity) of your Barrett's esophagus.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses an an electrode mounted either on a balloon or endoscope to deliver heat energy to the diseased lining of the esophagus. A number of studies have demonstrated that RFA safely results in a high rate of complete eradication of Barrett's esophagus, as well as reduces progression of the disease to high-grade dysplasia and cancer. Because of a favorable safety profile, studies have been performed assessing the efficacy of RFA for the earliest stages of Barrett's, as well as later stages.
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