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How To Cure Barretts Esophagus Naturally
Endoscopy: Barretts esophagus is a change in the cells of the inner lining of the esophagus due to prolonged acid exposure from gerd (~10% of gerd pts). While there is a 40-50 fold increase in esophageal cancer in this group, the highest risk is in people with dysplasia: >75% of pts with high-grade dysplasia will develop ca over the next 10 yrs if left untreated. This is diagnosed by biopsy during endoscopy. ...Read more
Don't undertreat!: Barrett's esophagus is not something to play around with! Barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd. Barrett's patients risks cancer of the esophagus. Poorly treated barrett's can progress by replacing more & more of the esophagus lining, & can become dysplastic. Barrett's warrants surveillance endoscopy, aggressive acid suppression, & maybe ablation &/or surgery. ...Read more
May get worse: Barrett's esophagus results from damage to the lining of the esophagus due to gastric acid and enzymes backing up into the esophagus. It may cause bleeding, ulceration, scarring and over a longer time may result in cancer. Initial treatment is with antacids, but depending on the defect and extent of damage, it may be treated with surgery. ...Read more
Monitor: Several million folks have barrett's. The large majority never get cancer from it. You can comply with antacid treatment, raise the head of your bed on cinder blocks if this helps reflux, and work on fitness / losing the last of any extra body fat. Especially, getting biopsied as appropriate based on your initial results will serve as a guide to whether you need more aggressive treatment. ...Read more
Is there dysplasia?: The key issue with barrett's is whether there is any dysplasia. Dysplasia is an abnormality of the cells of the esophagus that have a distinct microscopic appearance. High-grade dysplasia (hgd) requires rx (surgical or endoscopic); low-grade dysplasia (lgd) warrants very close surveillance. Ironically, anti-reflux surgery has not led to a regression in barrett's changes as one would think. ...Read more
I've been worried about developing barretts esophagus. But im only 25 and only get reflux occasionally and its never severe. Should I stop worrying?
Barrett's.: This is a change in the esophagus in response to longstanding reflux. It is a precancerous change which requires frequent surveillance EGDs to make sure cancer is not developing. If Barrett's is found, the abnormal areas can be ablated so that they do not progress to cancer. Remember, reflux comes from an anatomic issue, so medications don't stop reflux and thereby may not prevent Barrett's. ...Read more
Dangerous combo: Barrett's esophagus implies chronic inflammation and risk of cancer. If you're purging by vomiting, this is an even more dangerous situation. You need focused treatment of both your eating disorder and your esophagus. There are inpatient and intensive outpatient eating disorder programs: http://tinyurl. Com/kyedojd a GI specialist needs to be part of your treatment team also please get started. ...Read more
No.: A new procedure called halo is available to treat barrett's esophagus. It uses radio frequency ablation to eradicate the abnormal tissue. A few studies have shown regression of barrett's following lap nissen reflux surgery. This is a serious condition. Make sure that you are evaluated by endoscopy on a regular basis, probably yearly to make sure it is not turning into cancer. ...Read more
Intestinalization: Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the esophagus is replaced by tissuet similar to the intestinal lining. It is estimated to affect 1.6 to 6.8 percent of people. Reflux disease (GERD) is a risk factor for the condition. Between 5 and 10 percent of people with GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus. IT diagnosed with an upper GI endoscopy. Conversion to Ca is about 5%/yr. ...Read more
Smoking & Doctors: You are asking physicians on a health website if smoking is okay. Do you really think an ethical physician would tell you it is okay to smoke? No, they wouldn't! smoking can be harmful to your health....Even hookah smoking. ...Read more
What can I do if my dad has barretts esophagus, what will happen if he does not have the recommeded surgery?
I was diagnosed with barretts esophagus but there is no dysplasia. If I continue to drink every weekend, how fast can this condition worsen?
Slow progression: Barrett's esophagus is when cells of the lower esophagus began to change because of ongoing injury. Related to chronic acid reflux disease from the stomach. Can lead to cancer. Patients with this condition are placed on acid reducing medications; may require a surgery to stop the reflux. Alcohol is uncommon cause. You should have endoscopy routinely to follow it. Progression to cancer not rapid. ...Read more
Does barretts esophagus occur in 25 year olds with only occasional acid reflux? Or does it more occur in older people with severe lifelong acid reflux?
I have barretts esophagus and no GERD symptoms. I have a raspy voice often...Should I be concerned?
Antacids, but...: The most recent reviews I've seen indicate that there's no clearly effective treatment for barrett's itself, though the most cost-effective ways to manage the reflux that often causes it are antacids / anti-acid medicines and propping up the head of your bed on cinder blocks. Barrett's is common and your physician knows whether & how to follow you for pre-cancer, for which you get added treatment. ...Read more
Just diagnosed with barretts esophagus. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?
Newly dx'ed Barretts: Barrett's esophagus is not something to play around with! Barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd. Barrett's patients risks cancer of the esophagus. Poorly treated barrett's can progress by replacing more & more of the esophagus lining, & can become dysplastic. Barrett's warrants surveillance endoscopy, aggressive acid suppression, & maybe ablation &/or surgery. ...Read more
Can I take more than 1 Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) in 24 hours? I vomited a few hours after taking one 60 mg capsule. 34 yo female with barretts esophagus.
Diagnosis of barretts esophagus recently but prevacid (lansoprazole) + tagamet not helping after 3 months. What next?
How long does it take Barretts Esophagus to heal? I was told in a year my doc wouldn't be surprised if it was a normal EGD. Is it possible?
Yes: Yes it is possible if you treat your GERD and take your medicine every day your Barett's Esophagus can go into remission. However, remember that your GERD requires treatment. Discuss the possibility of a Nissen fundoplication with your MD if medical treatment does not work well. Good luck and stay the course. ...Read more
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