What does an Irregular Z-line mean?
I was looking at my copy of my medical records and it said I had an irregular z-line.I know I dont have Barret's because I've gotten my biopsy report back already. What does this mean?
It's the juction between the esophagus and the stomach. Often it's hard to distinguish which may cause a biopsy taken near the Z line to contain stomach cells that look like barretts.
Hi The squamocolumnar junction (Z-line) is, by definition irregular, so describing an “irregular Z-line” provides little to no information..... if thats all your report says.
Often people with GERD get more irregularities of the Z-line than the normal person. You can have an irregular Z line with Barretts , with SIM , or with plain old GERD.... or without GERD .
When they inflate you with air during a routine endoscopy , sometimes this can make the z line look more irregular than it actually is. It could be your GIS perception, could be from GERD , or could be nothing.
We've had people on the board have one endoscopy where the z line looks normal and another endoscopy where it is reported as more irregular... and then normal again.
So basically it could mean something, or it could mean absolutely nothing.
Hers a good pic [url]http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/photography/gastroesophageal_junction.aspx[/url]