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Barrett’s Esophagus Biopsy

A biopsy is a tissue sample that is analyzed under a microscope to look for changes in the cells. With an endoscope, the gastroenterologist takes small pieces of tissue and sends them for testing. There, our GI pathologist examines the tissue samples under a microscope to look for changes in the cells. A biopsy is one way your physician can diagnose a condition or disease.  In Barrett’s esophagus, the normal cells of the esophagus are replaced with cells that look more like cells found in the intestine. A biopsy can confirm changes in the cells so a patient can accurately be diagnosed.