17 doctors weighed in:
Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.
This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and is usually in the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. It would be wise for you to see your doctor to closely follow this.

In brief: Yes.
If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.
This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and is usually in the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. It would be wise for you to see your doctor to closely follow this.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
Thank
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Barrett's metaplasia is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Anyone with barrett's should be in a endoscopic surveillance program.

In brief: Yes
Barrett's metaplasia is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Anyone with barrett's should be in a endoscopic surveillance program.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
Thank
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.
This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and occurs at the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. I would definitely see your doctor to closely follow this.

In brief: Yes.
If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.
This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and occurs at the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. I would definitely see your doctor to closely follow this.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
Thank
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree
In brief: YES
As others have said, barrett's metaplasia is a significant risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Furthermore, if an individual with bulemia "purges" by inducing vomiting, this represents extreme of "reflux" and is absolutely injurious to esophagus...Which further increases esophageal cancer risk. This link provides risk factors: http://goo.Gl/itxx2.

In brief: YES
As others have said, barrett's metaplasia is a significant risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Furthermore, if an individual with bulemia "purges" by inducing vomiting, this represents extreme of "reflux" and is absolutely injurious to esophagus...Which further increases esophageal cancer risk. This link provides risk factors: http://goo.Gl/itxx2.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thank
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Barretts
The degree of dysplasia in barrett's oesophagus needs assesed by periodic biopsies.
Once severe dysplasia is identified, oesophageal resection indicated. Resectional therapy is indicated for carcinoma and severe dysplasia. Carcinoma of the oesophagus has a high mortality mostly because is often discovered in advanced stages.

In brief: Barretts
The degree of dysplasia in barrett's oesophagus needs assesed by periodic biopsies.
Once severe dysplasia is identified, oesophageal resection indicated. Resectional therapy is indicated for carcinoma and severe dysplasia. Carcinoma of the oesophagus has a high mortality mostly because is often discovered in advanced stages.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thank
Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
If one hase barrett's esophagus then the risk of esophageal cancer is increased.
However it still is a small risk.

In brief: Yes
If one hase barrett's esophagus then the risk of esophageal cancer is increased.
However it still is a small risk.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors