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Is barretts esophagus considered an inflamatory condition? Would having barrets with no displasia make CRP level high?
Probably not: This pathologist believes that people pay way too much attention to crp. It's often up for no reason, and of course it's a marker for atherosclerosis along with dozens of others. Neither sensitive nor specific for anything, it's not worth troubling yourself over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown/years likely: Barrett's esophagus is a response to chronic reflux. Esoph cells start to look like stomach or intestinal cells. Problem is there still in the esophagus. They don't resist acid etc, as well, can predispose to esoph ca (10000x nl, but only 1% barrett's cases). Problem is sometimes pts with barrett's don't have heartburn. Chronic and/or frequent, and/or severe sx, see your doc; consider scope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had frequent heartburn ages 22-32, lost weight & no heartburn at 35. Now no symptoms. Should I ever check for Barrett's esophagus out of caution?
Barrett's: Whether to screen for Barrett's esophagus is controversial. Some groups suggest screening patients with several risk factors for developing esophageal adenocarcinoma (eg, gastroesophageal reflux disease, age >50 years, male sex, elevated body mass index with an abdominal pattern of fat distribution). Please discuss it more with your physician. ...Read more
Possibly related: Barrett's esophagus can result from long term reflux. If reflux is severe it can irritate the vocal cords and cause hoarseness. Reflux can also cause a lot of burning and chest discomfort that can feel like rib tightness. So it is really the reflux that may cause your symptoms, not actually the Barrett's. ...Read more
Had three kids close together- had bad reflux each pregnancy and only took tums.Likely had reflux for 4 years-likely I developed Barrett's esophagus?
Is a very irregular GE junction or "z line" on endoscopy usually Barrett's esophagus?
I am 4 months post Nissan & had a scope for epigastric pain, nausea, and blood.It showed an irregular z line & antral erosions only; no ulcers. Biopsies pending.
Can acid reflux worsen by taking biotin, b12, omega 3 fish tabs. vitamin k2 , buffered vitamin c,vitamin d3 have Barrett's Esophagus and a hernia.
Possibly fish oil: Fats including fish oil can sometimes aggravate reflux; this is less likely if taken with food. But certain supplements are proven beneficial for reflux, esp. melatonin. See http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/5-natural-heartburn-remedies-proven-beat-drugs and http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/MelatoninandGERD.htm and http://tinyurl.com/p88fxjm ...Read more
How often does chronic heartburn lead to Barrett's? Of that, how often does Barrett's lead to esophageal adenocarcinoma?
Sometimes it can...: Barretts esophagus is uncommon but does occur in small percentage of people of who have Acid reflux or GERD(<10%). Once you have Barretts disease there is a small risk of developing esophageal cancer(less than 5%). I would not worry about these issues unless your Acidity symptoms are not controllable in which case you should have upper endoscopy once every 3-5 years. But this recommend is debatabl ...Read more
Is it safe to drink kefir milk, kombucha tea or apple cider vinegar with Barrett's esophegus and endoscopy also showed mild reflux ?
Sure: These are innocuous things for which pop health claims are made. ...Read more
Barrett's esophagus: Surveillance for barrett's esophagus depended on the severity of the disease. If you have no dysplasia, repeat egd in 3 years. If you have low grade dysplasia, repeat egd in 6 months (if this egd is normal, repeat egd yearly). If you have high grade dysplasia, please discuss with your GI physician for options. You need to discuss this in details and not feasible to do here. ...Read more
If you have treated/untreated GERD how long does it take to turn into barrets esophagus? Years? Months? Is it deadly?
How long does errosive esophagitus take to form into Barrets esophagus? How long does does it usually take for you to develop barrets with gerd?
It is uncommon: Barrets esophagus is a rare complication of chronic GERD(Not associated with erosive esophagitis unless it is chronic and ongoing for many years.).You are advised to have Upper Endoscopy(EGD) if you have had symptoms of GERD for more than 20 years. Right now you are too young to worry about it. Just take regular antacids, preferably PPI drugs which are more effective than H2 blockers. ...Read more
Is it ok to drink decaf coffee with Barrets esophagus? I know I shouldn't drink caffeine. But I think there is still a small amount in decaf?
No harm: If you can tolerate coffee, it is okay. Do not drink it too hot. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Had endoscopy, have errosive esophagus.. I'm afraid I have barrets? Doctor didn't mention it to me, but took biopsy. I'm 23.do I have barret in ur opi
Does errosive esophagus mean I have barrets esophagus? My doctor who did endoscopy didn't mention I did just told me to take ppi for 3.months then eud
Likely not at 23 yo: Barrett's epithelium replaces the part of your esophagus that is damaged by reflux. Yearly risk of barrett's tissue turning into cancer is low, but roughly 65x likelier than in patients without barrett's. Prevention & early detection is key, & treatment of gerd is important in patients predisposed by longstanding reflux. Dysplasia in barrett's needs close follow-up, can be endoscopically destroyed ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer