Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the normal tissue lining the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) transforms to resemble the tissue that lines the intestines. While most patients with Barrett’s esophagus will not develop cancer, in some patients a precancerous change in the tissue called dysplasia will develop. This precancerous change carries the risk of leading to esophageal cancer.
The board-certified gastroenterologists at La Peer Health Systems’ Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s esophagus in Los Angeles. If you want to learn more about radiofrequency ablation therapy for Barrett’s esophagus, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 548-7614.
What Is Dysplasia?
Dysplasia is a precancerous condition that doctors can only diagnose by examining tissue samples under a microscope. When dysplasia is seen in the tissue sample, it is usually described as being “high-grade,” “low-grade” or “indeterminate”) for dysplasia.”
- In high-grade dysplasia, abnormal changes are seen in many of the cells and there is an abnormal growth pattern of the cells.
- Low-grade dysplasia means that there are some abnormal changes seen in the tissue sample but the changes do not involve most of the cells, and the growth pattern of the cells is still normal.
- Indefinite (or indeterminate) for dysplasia simply means that the pathologist is not certain whether changes seen in the tissue are caused by dysplasia. Other conditions, such as inflammation or swelling of the esophageal lining, can make cells appear dysplastic when they may not be.
Can Radiofrequency Ablation in Los Angeles Treat Dysplastic Barrett’s Esophagus?
If dysplasia is confirmed, one of our gastroenterologists might recommend more frequent endoscopies, or a procedure that attempts to destroy or remove the Barrett’s tissue such as RFA treatment. Our doctors will recommend an option based on how advanced the dysplasia is, as well as your overall medical condition.
Esophageal Cancer Prevention in Beverly Hills
If you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, you should have periodic upper endoscopy examinations with a biopsy of the Barrett’s tissue to screen for esophageal cancer. While the risk for esophageal cancer developing in patients with Barrett’s esophagus is low, approximately 0.5 percent per year (or 1 out of 200 per year), it is still very important to closely monitor your condition.
If you have Barrett’s esophagus and your first two upper endoscopy examinations with biopsies (performed about one year apart) do not show dysplasia, then upper endoscopy with biopsy can be repeated about every three years thereafter. If your biopsy shows dysplasia, then your doctor will make further recommendations regarding the next steps.
Contact a Barrett’s Esophagus Specialist in Los Angeles
While not everyone who has Barrett’s esophagus develops esophageal cancer, it is important to discuss your condition with an esophagus specialist to determine what type of treatment is right for you, and if you should undergo RFA therapy for Barrett’s.
If you are looking for the best Barrett’s esophagus treatment in Los Angeles, schedule a consultation with one of our top gastroenterologists, by calling (888) 548-7614 or by filling out our online contact form.
Next, read about the causes of Barrett’s esophagus.