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Can Barrett's Esophagus Be Reversed
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?
Is barretts esophagus considered an inflamatory condition? Would having barrets with no displasia make CRP level high?
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
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
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?
Years: It probably take years, but it is hard to tell. Get evaluated and see a professional to get treated. ...Read more
How long does errosive esophagitus take to form into Barrets esophagus? How long 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?
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 more
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
Terrible pain from gurd, acid reflux, gas bloating had baretts esophagus, later she was retested came back negative, has tried all prescribtion meds no help at all, anything she eats causes pain?
I have had Barrets esophagus for several years. I have been prescribed Nexium (esomeprazole) which has helped, but I still cough alot with 'tickle in my throat'?
I have daily acid reflux, NEG h pylori. MD said no concern. What's best treatment to prevent ulcers, stricture and barrets esophagus? Herbs? Diet?
My mom has barrets esophagus. She has diabetes, BP, thyroid. She's had kidney stones n recently hd her gall bladder removed. What food cn she eat?
That's a tough one!: I would focus mostly on her diabetes and eating appropriately for that condition — low glycemic diet with eye on weight loss if she is overweight. If her kidney stones are calcium oxalate (most common) then she should restrict oxalate (NOT CALCIUM) rich foods such as rhubarb, beets, okra, nuts, tea, chocolate, soy and spinach. See a registered dietician for livable eating plan! ...Read more
Based on my esophageal picture. What grade of errosive esophagitus do I have? Us it barrets? Help. I'm worried. Can barrets be cured?
LA Grading Class?: "Los Angeles classification" system of GERD is by far the most widely used system to describe the endoscopic appearance of reflux esophagitis and grade its severity. Your picture is not accessible thru this forum, but the attached link may help you determine how your disease stacks up against this widely used measure: http://www.video-endoscopy.com/article/S2212-0971(13)70046-3/abstract ...Read more
Persistent: Although odds are against it, especially if you have a successful Nissen fundoplication, one could have persistent Barrett's, but most likely not develop it as a new pathologic change. There are very rare exceptions. If the Nissen is partially effective (not tight enough), Barretts can develop. ...Read more
Used to have non-severe freq heartburn @night for 10 yrs, but lost wt, better diet/exercise & no symptoms for 4 yrs now. Should I check for Barretts?
Probably not: With long-standing history of severe GERD's the diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus should not be of concern It is, however, a reason for initial and then periodic endoscopies. If your initial biopsies don't show dysplasia, endoscopy with biopsy should be repeated about every 3 years. If your biopsy shows dysplasia, your doctor will make further recommendations ...Read more
I had a Nideen fundoplication surgery about 5 years ago for Barrett's Osephagus. Have UC. Started having acid reflux this last week?
Nissen performed in July. Symptoms so much better, but I can hear a gurgle up after I swallow at night. It a lot less than what it was before surgery, but I am refluxing.
Redo nissen now? Or monitor for Barrett's and wait?
It's a general rule (of course not dealing with cancer), one should wait at least one year for most post-surgical final results. This is when adhesions, anatomic positioning has maximized.
Next, you should still have Barrett's monitoring if you were biopsied positive pre-procedure. ...Read more
Severe GERD, mod chronic inflamm @ GE junc. On max PPI, sucralfate, raised HOB, diet. Thick mucous, no h. hernia, no Barretts. Alt tx, home rem?!?
I have heard: Aloe juice is helpful I've also heard it tastes awful. Sorry :( ...Read more
Is pineapple juice safe with Barrett's. Although it is acidic it is supposed to become alkaline in the stomach. It helps me with regular Bowel movement?
You're fine: If it doesn't make you uncomfortable. I suspect you're reading too much folklore about "acid" and "alkaline" foods. There's very little science here. Pineapple actually contains a few proteases that may enhance digestion; if you find it helpful, I'm glad. Often just a few extra glasses of water daily can keep things regular as well. Best wishes. ...Read more
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