Incongruence between histologic and endoscopic diagnoses of Barrett's esophagus using transnasal esophagoscopy

Stacey L. Halum, Gregory N. Postma, Dwight D. Bates, Jamie A. Koufman

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OBJECTIVES: The symptoms, patterns of reflux, and clinical manifestations of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) differ from those of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in many ways. The purposes of this study were to determine the prevalence of Barrett's esophagus in patients with LPR using transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) and to determine if there is agreement between TNE clinical findings and pathology results when using TNE for Barrett's screening. STUDY DESIGN: This study involved a retrospective review of the records of 200 consecutive patients with LPR undergoing esophageal screening. METHODS: The prevalence of patients with findings clinically suspicious for Barrett's and the biopsy results for those patients were reviewed. RESULTS: Of the 200 patients with LPR who were screened with TNE, 10% (20 of 200) had findings suspicious for Barrett's esophagus, and, of those, only 30% (six of 20) had biopsy-proven Barrett's metaplasia. CONCLUSION: Although TNE may be a useful screening tool for Barrett's, there is incongruence between TNE findings and biopsy results, which likely reflects suboptimal biopsy methods with TNE. New biopsy techniques such as the CDx brush biopsy may enhance the sensitivity of TNE biopsies, and future studies are needed in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-306
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux
  • Transnasal esophagoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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