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Fluorescent lectin may improve esophageal biopsy

Biopsies to screen for cancer in Barrett’s esophagus patients could be more accurate using fluorescent lectin to highlight areas of high-grade dysplasia, University of Cambridge researchers reported. Researchers said biopsies take random samples and can miss areas of diseased tissue, but using lectin with fluorescent dye is an inexpensive way to find suspect areas for biopsy and works with standard endoscopic equipment. Medscape (free registration) (1/17)

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