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How will barretts esophagus affect my health going forward?

How will barretts esophagus affect my health going forward?

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

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How will anemia affect my health going forward?

How will anemia affect my health going forward?

Depends on cause: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well. ...Read more

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How will myelopathy affect my health going forward?

How will myelopathy affect my health going forward?

Avoid further trauma: Once myelopathy is diagnosed, your spinal cord needs to be treated gently. Avoid contact sports, impacts to your head, falls, bouncing or jarring. If surgery is required to relieve pressure on your spinal cord, then pursue it. Your spinal cord function can improve after surgery but will not return to normal tolerance to extreme activities. Walking, riding a bike, and swimming are good exercises. ...Read more

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How will hives affect my health going forward?

How will hives affect my health going forward?

Hives: Usually just uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly. Most times hives will burn out, never to return. Sometimes they fester or will come & go intermittently. Antihistamines are best for suppression. Long term side effects from hives are not something to worry about. If you are worried, definitely see an allergist to test for what might be the causative factor to get it treated. ...Read more

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How does GERD and lard affect breathing. How do I reverse any damage to my esophagus from them? Forward head posture is also restricting my breathing.

How does GERD and lard affect breathing. How do I reverse any damage to my esophagus from them? Forward head posture is also restricting my breathing.

Maybe: Gastroesophageal reflux becomes a disease when it damages your esophagus, vocal cords and/or lungs ;/or when it significantly alters your lifestyle. When it is a disease, treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, endoscopic or surgical procedures. See your primary care provider or gastroenterologist to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How will immotile cilia syndrome affect my health going forward?

How will immotile cilia syndrome affect my health going forward?

Respiratory issues: Primary ciliary dyskinesia (pcd), also known as immotile ciliary syndrome or kartagener syndrome (ks), is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder that causes a defect in the action of the cilia lining the respiratory tract ) and fallopian tube, and also of the flagella of sperm in males. It can cause respiratory problems due to the inability to move mucus, as well as infertility i. ...Read more

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How will arteriovenous malformations affect my health going forward?

How will arteriovenous malformations affect my health going forward?

More information: Arterio-venous malformations at the basic level is an abnormal connection to an artery and vein. They can occur anywhere in the body and can be something you are born with (congenital) or acquired, usually through penetrating trauma. They can cause problems with bleeding or shunting of blood or allowing bacteria or clots to pass through them. The symptoms relate to where they are located. ...Read more

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How will placental abruption affect my health going forward?

How will placental abruption affect my health going forward?

Not much: As long as you are not a smoker, have a chronic respiratory illness such as asthma there usually is not an issue with subsequent pregnancies. In the non-pregnant state, no impact on your future health as long as the abruption was properly treated. ...Read more

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How will cocaine abuse affect my health going forward?

How will cocaine abuse affect my health going forward?

Many ways: Cocaine is a type of drug that affects your blood vessels. It causes them to constrict, and change shape. This limits blood flow to your vital organs, like your heart and brain. Cocaine use and withdrawal is also associated with mania and depression, respectively. ...Read more

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How will rattlesnake bite affect my health going forward?

How will rattlesnake bite affect my health going forward?

Minimally: If the area where you were bitten has healed without complication, there should be no further problems from appropriately treated rattlesnake bite. ...Read more

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On average, how long does it take to get barrett's esophagus from untreated acid reflux?

On average, how long does it take to get barrett's esophagus from untreated acid reflux?

Not all get it ,: Not all patients will get barrett's ulcer after gerd only few will get it, months or years of assault with on acid sensitive esophageal squamous , to premalignant columnar & glandular type of lining with 20 % of malignant transformation , need close follow up , to catch early and possible some type of ant-reflux procedure (surgery ) to prevent malignancy. ...Read more

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How will hair loss in patches affect my health going forward?

How will hair loss in patches affect my health going forward?

Not at all: At least, not the hair loss per se. Hair loss, in and of itself, is not a health altering condition. The bigger question is, what is the cause, and how does the cause affect your health. ...Read more

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How will having bladder rupture affect me down the road?

How will having bladder rupture affect me down the road?

Usually no problems: If diagnosed and treated properly, usually no long term problems. Rupture is usually associated with other problems, usually trauma, so any long term issues are usually secondary to lasting issues from the trauma. ...Read more

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How long can GERD take to develop into barrett's esophagus? If it does and what are the chances also? Thanks in advance.

How long can GERD take to develop into barrett's esophagus? If it does and what are the chances also? Thanks in advance.

We don't know.: We don't know. We believe that it takes a long time since it is a disease of middle age men>women about 3:1. The gerd has to have been active over time. Gerd is a major risk factor for barrett's, but the incidence on adenocarinoma from barrett's is declining, perhaps related to improved drug therapy for gerd. ...Read more

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How will having colon radiation affect my long-term health?

How will having colon radiation affect my long-term health?

Varies: Depends on the side effects you experience. It may be very bothersome later on if radiation colitis (colon) or proctitis (rectum) develops, which can be very irritating and annoying with its attendant diarrhea. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients have little if any long lasting side effects. ...Read more

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My surgery got rescheduled as my doctor is on jury duty today, does anyone know how fast cancer of the esophagus will spread?

My surgery got rescheduled as my doctor is on jury duty today, does anyone know how fast cancer of the esophagus will spread?

Days to weeks ok: There is no evidence that postponing surgery a few days to weeks will decrease the cure rate from surgery. Obviously, waiting several months is not recommended unless undergoing preoperative chemotherapy or radiation. ...Read more

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How will having charcot-marie-tooth affect me down the road?

How will having charcot-marie-tooth affect me down the road?

Hereditary: Not all will be affected by this disorder. They are autosomal dominant ...Read more

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I have GERD, 5mmhg LES, and 0 peristaltic of esophagus. Am i a good candidate for 270° fundo? Will it cure my non-working esophagus and gerd? Thanks

I have GERD, 5mmhg LES, and 0 peristaltic of esophagus. Am i a good candidate for 270° fundo? Will it cure my non-working esophagus and gerd? Thanks

GERD,Slow esophagus: You are not a good candidate for a 270 degree wrap because of your esophageal dysmotility. The wrap may improve or "cure" your GERd but you are at increased risk of dysphagia. Improving the function of your esophagus needs to be addressed in order for you to have good functional result from antireflux surgery. ...Read more

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How long of not treting GERD can it cause harm to my esophagus?

How long of not treting GERD can it cause harm to my esophagus?

No short answer: It depends on how long and well you treated it before you stopped. If you put 2 bricks under each side of the head of your bed it will let gravity help keep the acid out of the esophagus. Also carafate (sucralfate) (sulcrafate) liquid in the evening or 3 times a day may help more cheaply. Zantac helps some people. If you're having heartburn you're causing damage. Some people have damage without heartburn. ...Read more

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How will barretts esophagus affect my health going forward?

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

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What are the symptoms of barretts esophagus?

What are the symptoms of barretts esophagus?

Maybe none: Maybe chronic heartburn or acid reflux or no symptoms. Barrett's esophagus itself is cell changes seen on a biopsy, and these cell changes would have no symptoms by itself. Only way to watch is by endoscopy & biopsy. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of barretts esophagus?

So what are the symptoms of barretts esophagus?

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. It does not cause symptoms, but you would have symptoms from longstanding reflux. ...Read more

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Could I have barretts esophagus? How diagnosed?

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

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What's a natural way to treat barretts esophagus?

What's a natural way to treat barretts esophagus?

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

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What does it mean when a man has barretts esophagus?

What does it mean when a man has barretts esophagus?

Acid reflux: Chronic acid reflux can permanently damage the esophagus leading to barrets esophagus. In some patients this condition can progress to esophageal cancer. In most cases it should be surveyed by endoscopy. ...Read more

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What to do if i was just diagnosed with barretts esophagus! please help?

What to do if i was just diagnosed with barretts esophagus! please help?

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

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My bf has barretts esophagus, what will happen if he does not have surgery?

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

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I was told I had barretts esophagus and now its cancer. What is treatment?

I was told I had barretts esophagus and now its cancer. What is treatment?

Depends on stage: For stage i-iia esophageal cancer, upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii therapy is either chemoradiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iv, treatment is chemotherapy +/- irradiation. ...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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Ive been worried about developing barretts esophagus. But im only 25 and only get reflux occasionally and its never severe. Should i stop worrying?

Ive been worried about developing barretts esophagus. But im only 25 and only get reflux occasionally and its never severe. Should i stop worrying?

Only way to know: for sure is by endoscopy and biopsy. From what you wrote, it does sounds like you are not at any high risk. Consult your doctor whether or not this study is indicated in your specific situation. ...Read more

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Can barretts esophagus lead to cancer of esophagus?

Yes if untreated: If untreated barrett's ulcer of of esophagus , will tranforms to cancer , as already there is mucosal change ( sqamous metaplasia ) , there is high incidence of malignency and need close observation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about barretts esophagus and cancer?

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

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Is it possible that barretts esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus.?

Is it possible that barretts esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus.?

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

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Please help! I have barretts esophagus and an eating disorder?

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

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Which treatments for barretts esophagus are most cost-effective?

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

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Is there a natural remedy for barretts esophagus?

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

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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's the best treatment for barretts esophagus?

Barrett's: Treatment largely focuses on changes to diet and continued monitoring. ...Read more

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Barrett Esophagus (Definition)

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