Understanding
Barrett's Esophagus
Learn about Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett's Esophagus is a serious condition that affects the lining of the esophagus, the swallowing tube that carries food and liquids into the stomach.

It has no symptoms other than those experienced by those with acid reflux disease and, if left untreated, can lead to cancer of the esophagus.

Causes

What causes Barrett's
Esophagus?

Frequent chronic backwashing of stomach contents into the esophagus as a result of GERD or acid reflux disease.

Frequent chronic backwashing of stomach acids and or enzymes contained in the backwashed material.

Injury to the lining of the esophagus.

Symptoms

What are the effects of acid reflux disease, or GERD?

Heartburn

Pressure in the middle of the chest.

Inflammation of esophageal tissue.

Changes in the lining of the esophagus dysplasia) where precancerous cells are present.

Risk Factors

Who is susceptible to getting Barrett's Esophagus?

Individuals who have experienced acid reflux for an extended period of time.

Individuals who have experienced GERD in their youth.

Only a physician can determine if you have Barrett's Esophagus

This pre-cancerous condition does not occur with everyone experiencing acid reflux (GERD) or who has the previously noted symptoms or risk factors.

Patients should see their physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.