Share of Cost, New treatment for common digestive condition Barrett’s Oesophagus
New research from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust could transform treatments and diagnosis for a common digestive condition which affects thousands of patients.
The oesophagus or food pipe (gullet) is part of the digestive system. It is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Barrett’s Oesophagus (also known as BE) and low-grade dysplasia affects approximately 2% of the adult population, particularly those with heartburn, as acid reflux from the stomach can, over time, damage the lining of the oesophagus and lead to BE. BE is seen in people undergoing endoscopy to determine the cause of their digestive problems. Barrett’s Oesophagus can sometimes lead to cancer.