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International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 3 N3

The Rise and Rise of Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma


Oesophageal adenocarcinoma carries a grave prognosis and has a rapidly increasing incidence in the developed world. Barrett’s Metaplasia is a major risk factor for oesophageal cancer and likewise has an increasing incidence. There is no cure for Barrett’s Metaplasia and current strategies revolve around screening the metaplastic mucosa for dysplastic changes at regular intervals. The finding of high grade dysplasia in a segment of Barrett’s holds a high risk for concurrent adenocarcinoma or the development thereof. Limited treatment options are proven for treatment of this although techniques such as radiofrequency ablation and endomucosal resection are beginning to prove themselves. The increase in incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma and Barrett’s metaplasia need further research to limit the future problems that will be posed.

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