What is Barrett’s Esophagus?

woman touching throatBarrett’s esophagus is a chronic, pre-cancerous condition of the esophagus caused by repeated injury to the lower esophagus from acid reflux. This condition affects more than 3 million people in the United States. 

It is most often diagnosed in people with long-term GERD and those aged 40 to 60 years old. Barret’s esophagus can cause the cells lining in the esophagus to mutate and resemble the cells lining the intestines. These changes can progress to a precancerous condition that, when left untreated, can become cancerous.

What causes Barrett’s Esophagus?

Barrett’s esophagus is a serious complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is caused by the repeated exposure of stomach acid to the esophagus.

What are the Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus?

Barrett’s esophagus itself doesn’t cause symptoms, but most people diagnosed with the condition usually present to their doctor due to symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux or trouble swallowing.

What is the Treatment for Barrett-Esophagus

Treatments can include medical monitoring, over-the-counter and prescription heartburn medication, and in some cases, endoscopic ablation or surgery. Changes to your diet, such as eliminating fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods, will help limit symptoms.

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Prevention & Treatment

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

A procedure that uses a thin scope with a light and camera to view the upper digestive system. Learn more about this procedure and schedule an appointment with a Gastro Health physician at a convenient location.

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