Cytosponge™ test results

Your Cytosponge™ sample will undergo testing to see if you have signs of Barrett’s oesophagus.  As part of the laboratory analysis, we will also let your GP know if we find any other abnormalities on the Cytosponge™ test such as inflammation or infections. We will send the results of the Cytosponge™ test to your GP within 4-6 weeks of the procedure.

Most patients will have a normal result.

In about 97 out of every 100 patients screened there will be no sign of Barrett’s oesphagus - this is a normal result.

Some patients will be invited for an endoscopy.

If your Cytosponge™ test shows signs of Barrett’s, you will be invited for an endoscopy to confirm the results. Endoscopy is a procedure where the inside your food pipe (oesophagus) is examined using a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and a video camera at one end. During the endoscopy you may also have one or several biopsies, which is when a small sample is taken from your oesophagus with a needle to be checked under a microscope.  

Patients with Barrett’s will be invited for regular endoscopies.

If you are found to have Barrett’s oesophagus you will be invited for regular monitoring by endoscopy to prevent cancer from occurring or find cancer early so it can be treated.