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Why a nurse-led ‘sponge on a string’ test offers a fast alternative to endoscopy

Non-invasive alternative to endoscopy can boost early detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma

Non-invasive alternative to endoscopy can boost early detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma

A new nurse-led outpatient service at University College London Hospital , where I am a clinical nurse specialist in the upper gastrointestinal team, offers people with Barrett’s oesophagus an alternative to endoscopy. All they have to do is swallow a capsule attached to a string.

When the capsule dissolves in the stomach it releases a small sponge, and as the string is pulled up it collects samples from the lining of the oesophagus.

Barrett’s oesophagus causes the cells in the lining of the oesophagus to be replaced by intestine and stomach cells. The condition develops over time and is associated with the presence

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