What Is Barrett Esophagus?

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Overview

Barrett esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid. The esophagus is also called the food pipe, and it connects your throat to your stomach.

Causes

Barrett’s esophagus develops in some people who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus). Most patients with Barrett’s esophagus will not develop cancer. However, in some patients a precancerous change in the tissue, called dysplasia, will develop. So, it is important to have regular checkups for precancerous cells.

Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus. However each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Waking in the night because of heartburn pain
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Blood in vomit or stool

The symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

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