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Can Barrett's Esophagus Be Reversed
Barretts Esophagitis: By controlling the GERD by using proton pump inhibitor (PPI's) or if very severe by surgery we hope to prevent the acid from hitting the esophagus. This should prevent the occurrence of Barrett's in most cases. If you have Barrett's you need to have it followed by serial EGD's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible but unusual: Most likely lower esophageal adenocarcinoma is caused by gerd, which changes the lining of the lower esophagus into that of the stomach (barrett's) which is a precursor for adenocarcinoma. However, one could have squamous cell type without gerd. Best to review with your gastroenterologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can scarring of terminal illeum causing stricture due too ibd ever be reversed through medication or is surgery inevitble?
Yes: Technically should be possible to take down and reverse nissen, even laparoscopically. The important question is why it was done and what the reason for wanting to have it reversed. Talk with your surgeon. A seond opinion may be helpful to assess the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with gerd , taking PPI that relieves symptoms but will this prevent damage to oesophagus and thus Barrett's. Thanks?
Good morning. I've been diagnosed with intestinal metaplasia of the esophagus. Can this be reversible?
Yes: Metaplasia by definition is reversible if the cause leading to this change is removed. You probably have gastroesophaeal reflux (GERD) and should consult a gastro-entrologist for proper treatment. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/basics/definition/con-20025201 ...Read more
Can barrett's esophagus once discovered and treated be healed or cured? Or will it always be there
Anti reflux Rx: Be is a complication of chronic reflux; may be painless. Cells in lower esophagus look like intestinal cells, would be ok if they weren't esoph. Cells; less resistant to chemical onslaught. Pre-cancerous. 1% of barrett's pts. May develop adeno (gland) ca of esoph. Rx with aggressive med rx, ppi twice a day, and follow up endoscopy to check for "dysplasia"-more cancer-like; can remove by scope. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can h.pylori can be killed..? Can peptic ulcers be completely cured? Along with esophagus..How?
ANTI-BIOTICS: plus BISMUTH containing liquid (eg: Pepto-Bismol) Can in most cases CURE..(Acid control may also be used) Speak with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps! Z ...Read more
EGD showed barret's esophagus but biopsy was neg. If not true barret's, what would the condition be called, as a diagnosis?
Weight loss, elevate: Keeping the intra-abdominal pressures low is the key to keeping food/acid from refluxing into your esophagus. If you keep your head about 30 degrees (using cinder blocks under the bed posts is an inexpensive way to do this) of the parallel, most reflux is prevented. Weight loss also reduces abdominal pressure and keeps the food where it should be. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have dysmotility of esophagus and GERD 3mmhg (scleroderma). Will be posibble to do fundoplication in the future if my esophagus will be ok? Thanks
Yes and no: Acid reflux is not clearly a cause of esophageal cancer. But there is an association of reflux (acid and non-acid) to barrett's esophagus/adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. There are other types of esophageal cancers, which may or may not be related to reflux. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acidity+cell changes: Your esophagus is not designed to handle acidic secretions. In gerd, the cells in the esophagus are frequently exposed to acidity and become damaged. Over time, the tissue adapts by changing its cells into ones similar to cells in the stomach. This called metaplasia. Because these kinds of cells are abnormal in the esophagus, people with barrett's are at greater risk for esophageal cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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