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Is barretts esophagus considered an inflamatory condition? Would having barrets with no displasia make CRP level high?

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 more

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Barrett Esophagus (Definition)

A condition in which the lower portion of the tube that connects the mouth and stomach (the esophagus) is damaged by ...Read more


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How long does it take for GERD to turn into barrett's esophagus?

How long does it take for GERD to turn into barrett's esophagus?

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 more

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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?

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

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Can Barrett's esophagus cause hoarseness and tightness in the ribs?

Can Barrett's esophagus cause hoarseness and tightness in the ribs?

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

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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.

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

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How often does chronic heartburn lead to Barrett's? Of that, how often does Barrett's lead to esophageal adenocarcinoma?

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

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What kind of diet or foods should you eat with barrets esophagus?

What kind of diet or foods should you eat with barrets esophagus?

Anti reflux diet: If you believe that barrett's is caused by acid reflux changing the lining of the esophagus, then likely the best diet to be on is a an anti reflux diet - same that you would be on if you had chronic heartburn symptoms. ...Read more

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How often should I have endoscopy with barrets esophagus?

How often should I have endoscopy with barrets esophagus?

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

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What is the diffrence between mild anteral gastiris and barrets esophagus

Different organs: Gastritis of the antrum of the stomach refers to inflammation of the distal part of the stomach, called the antrum. Barrett's esophagus is a precancerous change to the lining of the distal esophagus. The two have nothing in common. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does take for untreated GERD to cause barrets esophagus ?

How long does take for untreated GERD to cause barrets esophagus ?

Chemical burn: Reflux, chemically burns the lining mucosa of the esophagus.......which is not acid resistant. Recurrent and prolonged process changes this epithelium to abnormal.....Barret's ...Read more

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Can you have lap band surgery with Barrets esophagus??????

Lap Band Surgery: that is a question best left to the surgeon who would be preforming the surgery. As esophageal strictures to my understanding are one of the complications of lap band, I would suspect this is a relative contraindication. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

Unclear: Without seeing your endoscopy and biopsy report, I can't determine this. You could ask your doctor directly and see what he/she says. It sounds like the biopsy report is not back but active esophagitis can make it harder to determine if you have Barrett's. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Barrets esophagus.Doc said he thinks pathologist over read b/c he sees no signs of it... Can it be reversed with nexium (esomeprazole)? He gave me 40mg 2xday

Possibly: High dose PPI's can prevent progression of Barrett's Esophagus to Cancer, and possibly reverse abnormal cellular changes in esophageal tissue. It is also possible that your GI i correct that Path over-read biopsy. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more