Barrett’s Esophagus occurs when tissue in the esophagus (the tube connecting your mouth and stomach) is damaged due to disease or other causes, and during the healing process, damaged tissue is replaced by abnormal cells. Barrett’s Esophagus is most often diagnosed in people with long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When diagnosed in patients who have never had GERD, its cause is unclear.
Common symptoms include a dry cough, pain in the upper abdomen, recurring heartburn, unexplained chest pain and trouble swallowing food. However, Barrett’s Esophagus sometimes presents no symptoms, so you could have the condition and not know it. In these instances, patients are typically diagnosed when a healthcare professional is looking at the esophagus for an unrelated reason.
Patients with the Barrett’s Esophagus have an increased risk of esophageal cancer (although the cancer is rare), so an early diagnosis is critical. Depending on your situation, your physician may recommend regular endoscopies to monitor the condition throughout your lifetime.
The Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center’s board-certified surgeons have the expertise and state-of-the-art technologies to effectively diagnose and treat Barrett’s esophagus. We’ll work closely with you to devise the optimum treatment plan for your unique circumstances.