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Using Spectrally Encoded Confocal Microscopy (SECM) to Image the Esophagus
The goal of this study is to test the feasibility and the tolerability of a tethered spectrally encoded confocal microscopy (SECM) capsule and to use it to image the esophagus.
Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms
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|Eligible Ages||14 Years and Over|
- - Subject must be a healthy volunteer
- OR subject must have a suspicion of EoE
- OR subject must have a prior clinical suspicion of EoE
- Subject must be older than 14 years of age
- Subject must be able to give informed consent
Exclusion Criteria:- Subjects with the inability to swallow pills and capsules.
- - Esophageal fistula and/or esophageal strictures with a stricture diameter that is smaller than the diameter of the capsule.
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|Massachusetts General Hospital|
The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.
|Guillermo Tearney, MD., PhD|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||Massachusetts General Hospital|
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The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.
72 subjects including healthy volunteers, patients with a suspicion of having Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and patients with a clinical diagnosis of EoE will be recruited and asked to swallow the SECM capsule while being awake and unsedated. The capsule is attached to a tether which allows the operator to control as well as navigate the capsule as it progresses down the esophagus using natural propulsive force called peristalsis. As the capsule progresses, multiple 2-dimensional cross sectional images of the esophagus are acquired. Images are analyzed at a later stage.
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