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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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Dr. Michael Samach
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Barrett Esophagus (Definition)

A condition in which the lower portion of the tube that connects the mouth and stomach (the esophagus) is damaged by ...Read more


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What is barrett's esophagus?

What is barrett's esophagus?

Precancerous entity: Barrett's esophagus occurs when metaplastic columnar epithelium (that predisposes to cancer development) replaces the normal tissue of the esophagus. ...Read more

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What is exactly is barrett's esophagus?

What is exactly is barrett's esophagus?

Metaplastic change: Dr edmison is correct. The clinical importance is that this metaplastic change increasing one's risk for esophageal carcinoma. ...Read more

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What are the tests for barrett's esophagus?

What are the tests for barrett's esophagus?

Endoscopy: An endoscopy and biopsy is needed to assess the barrett's and decide if there are precancerous cells that require more aggressive therapy. ...Read more

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How is barrett's esophagus typically treated?

How is barrett's esophagus typically treated?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of barrett's esophagus?

What are the symptoms of barrett's esophagus?

Heartburn or none: Patient with heartburn tend to have barrett's more commonly but a good portion of patients with barretts are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Describe the features of barrett's esophagus.?

Describe the features of barrett's esophagus.?

Change in lining: Barrett's esophagus is when there is irritation to the area between the esophagus and stomach, causing the cells there to change from one form to another. The reason this is important is because the changed cells have a relatively high (compared to normal people) chance to progress to cancer. You would need endoscopy to find and treat this condition. ...Read more

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What symptoms make you think of barrett's esophagus?

Don't wait for sxs: Barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd, but gerd symptoms may be mild or absent. Don't wait to feel sick since barrett's leads to esophagus cancer. 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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When a man has barrett's esophagus, what does it mean?

When a man has barrett's esophagus, what does it mean?

Gastric reflux: Man or woman, barrett's esophagus results from damage to the lining of the esophagus due to backing up of stomach acid and enzymes. It often causes heartburn and may lead to ulceration, bleeding, scarring and with time may be cancer. Initial treatment is usually with antacids, but surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Can a special diets reduce barrett's esophagus symptoms?

Can a special diets reduce barrett's esophagus symptoms?

Sort of: Batretts esophagus is an asymptomatic disease caused by reflux. Barretts in itself may reduce reflux symptoms a bit but is a precancerous condition. Dietary modifications which help reflux symptoms include eating smaller meals, avoiding late meals, avoid caffeine, nicotine, peppermint, chocolate, spicy foods, tomatoes and tomato sauce. ...Read more

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How long is the average that a person can live with Barrett's esophagus ?

How long is the average that a person can live with Barrett's esophagus
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Barrett's not cancer: You have to remember that Barrett's esophagus is not cancer. It's a precursor to cancer, and if left untreated will become cancer, but it's not cancer. So, if you go for your endoscopies regularly and get the areas of Barrett's treated adequately and completely when they appear, it should not affect your life expectancy. ...Read more

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Can barrett's esophagus once discovered and treated be healed or cured? Or will it always be there

Yes: It is possible to reverse barretts if the acid irritation of esophagus is stopped. Surveillance is necessary to make sure this has occurred as failure can lead to dysplasia and cancer of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Is barrett's esophagus always something malignant?

No: The vast majority are benign. It's good to check occasionally for little cancers that can develop. ...Read more

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Is barrett's esophagus considered a "precancer" condition?

Is barrett's esophagus considered a "precancer" condition?

Yes: Not all people who have barrett's esophagus develop cancer. But the risk of esophageal cancer is markedly increased. If one is diagnosed with barrett's esophagus they should be in a surveillance endoscopy program. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to surgery with a barrett's esophagus?

Are there alternatives to surgery with a barrett's esophagus?

Yes. : Barrett's esophagus is a condition that arises due to chronic acid reflux or gerd. It increases the likelihood of developing esophageal cancer. There is a procedure called halo which can cure barrett's without major surgery. The more important step is to get his reflux fixed by either a tif (transoral incisionless fundoplication) or a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to surgery for barrett's esophagus?

Are there any alternatives to surgery for barrett's esophagus?

Several: For barrett's without dysplasia, or low grade dysplasia, acid reduction and endoscopic surveillance is fine. For small flat areas of high grade dysplasia, endoscopic options include endoscopic mucosal resection and radiofrequency ablation, for long segments of high grade dysplasia and very nodular high grade dysplasia the risk of hidden cancer is high and esophagectomy is the best option. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to be young and get barrett's esophagus im 20 years old can I get it?

Yes but rare: Barrett's tends to be a disease of middle - aged caucasion males. Having said that, I have seen barrett's in someone in their 20's. When in doubt, discuss it with your doctor for your options. ...Read more

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Was planning to see classmates at upcoming 20th reunion. Now I am hearing my best friend has barrett's esophagus. What is that?

Common: If you had 200 classmates, probably 3-5 have barrett's, whether or not they know it. The increased cancer risk is real, but not tremendously high and the large majority never have any problems beyond occasionally needing to be endoscoped. Depending on the pathologist's report on initial biopsy, some people may only need to return if reflux symptoms get more troublesome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus with no dysplasia in Feb 2013 and then in Aug 2014 no Barrett's was found?

Is it possible to be diagnosed with Barrett's
Esophagus with no dysplasia in Feb 2013 and then in Aug 2014 no Barrett's was found?

Yes: If no Barrett's was found at the second endoscopy, it could be due to sampling portions of the esophagus which did not contain the abnormal Barrett's cells. I would discuss this with your gastroenterologist, to review the pathology results and see what kind of follow-up he or she recommends ...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