Kansas City, Missouri 64128

  • Esophageal Adenocarcinoma


The primary purpose of this study is to test new methods to diagnose BE in time before it turns into advanced cancer. Once BE is diagnosed, the current standard of care is to monitor the disease so that complication such as cancer can be diagnosed early. The two new methods the investigators are evaluating are: a) blood test and b) brush test of the food pipe. The investigators will collect blood, bile and cells from the food pipe and stomach and measure for a biomarker called microRNA (miRNA). In the future, measurements of microRNA biomarkers could help the doctors figure out which patients are at increased risk for cancer of the esophagus.

Study summary:

The investigators will collect serum, bile and esophageal cells (using cytology devices) from consenting subjects. The investigators have previously identified BE specific miRNA that will be tested on the cytology specimens. These are miRNAs -192-5p, -215-5p and -194-5p. The investigators have also identified serum microRNAs in whole serum and exosomes by sequencing to study further. The investigators will also evaluate miRNA expression within biliary exosomes for the first time in patients with reflux related diseases.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patient age: > 18 years - Ability to provide written, informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnancy or planning a pregnancy - History of nasal, esophageal & gastric surgery - History of recurrent epistaxis or nasal trauma - Subjects with a history of unresolved drug or alcohol dependency - Inability to obtain biopsies due to a coagulopathy, varices, thrombocytopenia, etc. - Subjects with inadequate cytology specimens will not undergo repeat test and will be excluded from the study - Inability to provide written informed consent - Inability to discontinue drugs such as Plavix - Advanced chronic liver disease - Severe uncontrolled coagulopathy - Active cancer in any organ over the past 3 years.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Ajay Bansal, MD
Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center

Ajay Bansal, MD
Phone: 57790
Email: ajay.bansal@va.gov

Backup Contact:

Email: andrew.price@va.gov
Andrew Price, BS
Phone: 56428

Location Contact:

Kansas City, Missouri 64128
United States

Phone: 816-861-4700
Email: Ajay.Bansal@va.gov

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: July 27, 2021

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