The esophagus is a tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to the stomach. There are many conditions that can affect the esophagus, including heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Barrett’s esophagus. GERD is characterized by chronic acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus causing symptoms.
If left untreated, esophageal conditions like GERD can lead to more serious diseases.2 GERD can be treated when diagnosed, but many people don’t realize they have it because the symptoms can be associated with other conditions.
Reflux symptoms include: 3,4
Fill out this questionnaire to identify other factors that may increase your risk for a more serious disease.
If you have reflux symptoms or heartburn, you may be at a higher risk for developing serious esophageal diseases.5
Your physician can begin to investigate potentially significant health concerns related to your esophagus right in the office with the Cytosponge™* cell collection device.
This simple test uses a small capsule-shaped device the size of a multivitamin. The capsule contains a sponge, which is connected to a thin string. When you swallow the capsule, it dissolves in your stomach and releases the expandable sponge.
In about 7.5 minutes, your doctor will use the string to remove the sponge and collect cells to evaluate your esophageal health.
Take charge of your esophageal health and ask a physician if the Cytosponge™* cell collection device is right for you. This simple 7.5 minute procedure may make a difference in your esophageal health.6
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