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Im a 22f with lpr. i have had symptoms for almost a year. i take ppis. i have an on and off cough, mucous in throat, clearing throat, etc. what is the chance that i could have barretts esophagus? im really concerned about it?

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Dr. Hiep Le answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

Barrett's esophagus occurs when you have suffered reflux esophagitis for a long time (acute esophagitis - chronic esophagitis - Barret's esophagus - esophageal cancer) so if you have not been diagnosed with chronic distal esophagitis by EGD, your risk is very low. LPR could be a risk factor for laryngeal cancer so you need to keep your weight in range, adjust diet, no smoke & alcohol. Good luck

Answered 6/6/2023

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Dr. Andrew Seibert answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Barrett’s esophagus usually occurs in patients who have had a long standing GERD. If you are only 22, it is unlikely that you have had GERD long enough to develop Barrett’s esophagus. You should follow anti-reflux precautions and stick with your medication. If your symptoms persist, see your gastroenterologist. Good luck.

Answered 6/6/2023

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