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Son had upper GI and dr said he had barrets esophogus but biopsy was negative. He has gerd, takes nexium (esomeprazole). Why discrepancy? F/u needed future?

Son had upper GI and dr said he had barrets esophogus   but biopsy was negative. He has gerd, takes nexium (esomeprazole).  Why discrepancy?  F/u needed future?

Can follow: Barrett's isn't always distinguishable from erosions from stomach acid or non-barrett gastric metaplasia. Definitions of barrett's vary from country to country. Or the biopsy forceps may miss and take a piece of normal mucosa. Ask whether junior needs to be 'scoped again. ...Read more

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Barrett Esophagus (Definition)

Of the esophagus due to acid reflux damage. The esophagus has different lining than the stomach. When it is exposed to too much acid, it changes to a lining that likes acid better i.e. Barrett's esophagus. It looks different from the regular esophagus on biopsy but can only be proven with a biopsy. A premalignant condition but chance of changing over to ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Esophagus (Definition)

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