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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

Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...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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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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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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Hello I had h pylori in 2003 was treated and have bn on and off gerd meds ever since then in 2008 was diagnosed with barrets esophagus but a second opinion wad told I dont have it. I bn scoped every year since then til 2013 and I now have esophagus spasms

Hello I had h pylori in 2003 was treated and have bn on and off gerd meds ever since then in 2008 was diagnosed with barrets esophagus but a second opinion wad told I dont have it. I bn scoped every year since then til 2013 and I now have esophagus spasms

Esophageal spasms: esophageal spasms can be a sign that your GERD might not be under good enough control. You may need a longer-term therapy to get them under control, even if you do not have heartburn. I would speak with your doctor about adjusting your medications for now. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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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I have barretts esophagus and no GERD symptoms. I have a raspy voice often...Should i be concerned?

Yes, if this is new!: Barretts does not cause any change in the voice but gerd can do so. Have your gastroenterologist help you to resolve this problem which may need an ENT examination especially if the voice change is getting worse. ...Read more

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Seeing as i take prilosec daily for my GERD(and now i NEVER get acid reflux) this should prevent my gerd from ever developing to barretts esophagus?

Seeing as i take prilosec daily for my GERD(and now i NEVER get acid reflux) this should prevent my gerd from ever developing to barretts esophagus?

Yes: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, occurs frequently in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which can be controlled by medication . In a few patients with GERD (10-15%), a change in the esophageal lining develops called Barrett’s esophagus which is believed to be a common cause of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Controlling GERD important. ...Read more

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Does errosive esophagitus mean I'll have barrets when it all heals up? What are the Chance? I am 23 with a year or severe gerd and now on ppi

Does errosive esophagitus mean I'll have barrets when it all heals up? What are the Chance? I am 23 with a year or severe gerd and now on ppi

Erosive esophagitis: Chronic irritation to the esophagus is a predisposer for Barrett's esophagus, not everybody had erosive esophagitis will develop Barretts. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...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