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Cytosponge test could replace endoscopies for people with Barrett’s oesophagus

A ‘sponge on a string’ pill test can identify people with Barrett’s oesophagus who are at low risk of developing oesophageal cancer, say University of Cambridge researchers. 
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A ‘sponge on a string’ pill test can identify people with Barrett’s oesophagus who are at low risk of developing oesophageal cancer, say University of Cambridge researchers.

The study saw 468 people with Barrett’s oesophagus given a cytosponge test. This involves the patient swallowing a small pill attached to a string, which expands into a small sponge when it reaches the stomach. This is then slowly pulled back up the throat using the string, collecting cells from the oesophagus for analysis.

The researchers found that the cytosponge test, together with additional laboratory tests, identified that 35% of people with Barrett’s in the study were at low risk of developing oesophageal cancer.

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