Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
Endoscopic mucosal resection involves lifting the Barrett’s lining and injecting a solution underneath or applying suction to the lining and then cutting the lining off. The lining is then removed with an endoscope. If endoscopic mucosal resection is used to treat cancer, an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is done first to make sure the cancer involves only the top layer of esophageal cells. EUS uses a device, called a transducer that bounces safe, painless sound waves off organs to create an image of their structure. Complications can include bleeding or tearing of the esophagus. Endoscopic mucosal resection is sometimes used in combination with photodynamic therapy.