How safe is taking a biopsy from the esophagus?

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Does anyone know how much (in length) tissue is being taken (biopsy) from the esophagus?

What are the chances of bleeding and rupturing the esophagus?

Is this possible rupture/bleeding something that happens during an endoscopy or after the endoscopy.

The reason why I'm asking that is because I have some very little trouble breathing, but no chest pain, nausea, vomiting, black stool, dizziness etc.

24 hours have passed after the procedure (was not sedated), can swallow without problems. Had 4 biopsies from the cardia section (z-line) because of my Barretts.

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    Hi esic, If any serious damage had been done, you would definitely have known about it by now. You'd be fainting, vomiting, passing black stool etc., and this would have started shortly after the procedure.

    I'm guessing this is just a symptom of the inevitable minor damage done during the biopsy. The amount of tissue taken would depend on what was found in the course of the endoscopy.

    The trouble with anything breathing-related is that it's impossible to take your mind off it, and this automatically makes it worse. I assume you've been to sleep at some point since the procedure. Did you feel that the breathlessness had woken you at any point? If it didn't wake you, this would tend to suggest a heightened awareness problem.

    As long as it's not getting any worse, I'd suggest waiting another day or so, then calling your doctor if you're still worried.


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      Yeah I think you are 100% correct. I not panickin or anyhitng but I can't get my mind off it. It didn't wake me and I had a good sleep of 6 hours and when I dont concentrate it seems to go away.. I guest its just some short term anxiety going on...

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