Oesophageal biopsy

Last updated: Monday, 05, April, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

Endoscopic biopsy specimen.

Method

Separate containers should be used for each biopsy from different sites. 

Ideally the biopsy should be placed on to a small square of paper, orientated with the mucosa exposed and placed in formalin fixative. 

Light microscopy, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry.

Application

Investigation of symptoms of reflux and dysphagia, acute and chronic oesophagitis, oesophageal polyp, Barrett's oesophagus, and surveillance of oesophageal dysplasia, malignancy.

Interpretation

Report by pathologist identifies nature of lesion sampled. 

In case of tumours type, grade and stage is reported.

Reference

Ibrahim NBN. J Clin Pathol  2000; 53: 89-94.