Patients and methods - A “tandem” endoscopy cross-overdesign. Participants will be randomized to endoscopy usingmapping biopsies or AAC, in which dilute acetic acid issprayed onto the surface of the esophagus, highlighting tissuethrough an whitening reaction and enhancing visibilityof areas with cellular changes for biopsy. After 4 to 10weeks, participants will undergo a repeat endoscopy, usingthe second method. Rates of recruitment and retention willbe assessed, in addition to the estimated dysplasia detectionrate, effectiveness of the endoscopist training program,and rates of adverse events (AEs). Qualitative interviewswill explore participant and endoscopist acceptabilityof study design and delivery, and the acceptability ofswitching endoscopic techniques for Barrett's surveillance.
Results - Endoscopists’ ability to diagnose dysplasia in Barrett’sesophagus can be improved. AAC may offer a simple,universally applicable, easily-acquired technique to improvedetection, affording patients earlier diagnosis and treatment,reducing endoscopy time and pathology costs. TheABBA study will determine whether a crossover “tandem”endoscopy design is feasible and acceptable to patientsand clinicians and gather outcome data to power a definitivetrial.
- oesophageal cancer