If you have Barrett's how often do you get an endoscopy?

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   Posted 1/3/2013 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My report came back suspicious for Barrett's.. and was told I'd have to have an endoscopy every 3 years...shouldn't it be sooner? I won't see the GI til March.

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   Posted 1/3/2013 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I originally had one every year when I was first dx with barretts. But I was definitely positive for barretts. I now go every 3 years. I expect since they are only suspicious and not definitely a positive biopsy that could be why they are saying every 3 years.
It also depends on whether your reflux is under control or out of control as to how often they want to do one. When mine was out of control they did it every year, but since I have a functioning wrap they switched to every 3 years.

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   Posted 1/3/2013 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Bill. However, the jury is still out on the actual significance of Barretts - they don't know for sure what makes it 'turn' and therefore they cannot reliably identify the "at risk" group. As Bill says, if you have poor symptom control you would probably have more peace of mind having frequent scopes. If you have good symptom control then having to go for frequent scopes may cause undue and unnecessary stress and anxiety. I definitely have Barretts, which didn't progress over 12 months despite a period of very poor symptom control - I haven't been told when to get retested but every 3 years is typical here in the UK if nothing else changes. If you have worsening symptoms you'll get scoped for the symptoms rather than the Barretts. If you develop any "red flag" symptoms such as anaemia or difficulty swallowing, then you will get rescoped quickly, Barretts or no Barretts!

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