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How is Barrett's esophagus diagnosed?

Barrett's esophagus is diagnosed with a procedure called upper GI endoscopy, which involves passing an endoscope down into the esophagus to detect if there is any abnormal esophagus lining. (The patient is usually sedated so that he/she is comfortable during the procedure.) Barrett's esophagus may appear as a pinkish - red lining rather than the typical whitish lining. Doctors will check the whole esophagus as well as the top of the stomach.

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