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I'm a 37 yo male, non-smoker, non-drinker, coffee addict who is a non-symptomatic celiac and I recently had a followup endoscopy (six years after celiac diagnosis) to see how things looked. I was coming off of propofol when speaking to my doctor and will be following up in 1-2 weeks for biopsy results. They confirmed I have a medium-sized hiatal hernia (knew this) and had salmon-colored mucosa suspicious for short-segment (about 1cm) Barrett's esophagus.
Other than having a friend with a diagnosis, I knew next to nothing. My present understanding is Barrett's esophagus is an unlikely but possible side effect of GERD, which I knew I had, and in most cases does not progress to esophageal cancer, but they do repeat endoscopies to check for dysplasia and precancerous cells and advise you to make lifestyle choices and take PPIs and all that good stuff if you in fact have it.
My question is, I am assuming my biopsy results will either confirm Barrett's esophagus or not, and will confirm dysplasia or not if I have it at all? Is there the possibility it's already become cancerous, if I had it, or is that something that would have already been identified on the CT, blood labs, etc. Do they tend to lean one way or another on the dysplasia front depending on how much damage they see on the endoscope? Could this really be anything else but Barrett's esophagus and is the biopsy uncertainly just on how progressed it is?
I appreciate the feedback, now that I'm fully awake again!
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