‘Sponge on a string’ test can be alternative to endoscopy
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‘Sponge on a string’ test can be alternative to endoscopy

Sally Thorpe Clinical nurse specialist and founder, Barrett’s oesophagus support group, University College London Hospital, London

Non-invasive alternative to endoscopy can boost early detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma

A new nurse-led outpatient service at University College London Hospital, where I am a clinical nurse specialist in the upper gastrointestinal team, offers people with Barrett’s oesophagus an alternative to endoscopy. All they have to do is swallow a capsule attached to a string. When the capsule dissolves in the stomach it releases a small sponge, and as the string is pulled up it collects samples from the lining of the oesophagus.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 20, 5, 11-11. doi: 10.7748/cnp.20.5.11.s5

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