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My 65 yr old mom diagnosed w/ barrett's esophagus and prominent veins in esoph. Gi said due to liver and ordered ct. What else could it be? 
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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine
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In brief: 2 issues
Barrett's esophagus is a structural abnormality of the lower esophagus most commonly due to chronic reflux disease.
A small percent develop into cancer. Prominent esophageal veins are a sign of portal hypertension, a condition of high pressure in the veins of the liver most commonly a result of alcoholic liver disease.

In brief: 2 issues
Barrett's esophagus is a structural abnormality of the lower esophagus most commonly due to chronic reflux disease.
A small percent develop into cancer. Prominent esophageal veins are a sign of portal hypertension, a condition of high pressure in the veins of the liver most commonly a result of alcoholic liver disease.
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: Esophageal varices
'prominent esophageal' veins (varices) are due to elevated blood pressure of the large veins flowing to the liver. This resistence to flow is due to 'a chronic liver disease' usually but not always due to alcoholic cirrhosis.
Ct scan is ordered to 'get a picture of the liver' for liver disease. Barretts esophagus is due to chronic and severe reflux of acid from stomach to esophagus.

In brief: Esophageal varices
'prominent esophageal' veins (varices) are due to elevated blood pressure of the large veins flowing to the liver. This resistence to flow is due to 'a chronic liver disease' usually but not always due to alcoholic cirrhosis.
Ct scan is ordered to 'get a picture of the liver' for liver disease. Barretts esophagus is due to chronic and severe reflux of acid from stomach to esophagus.
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Possibly unrelated
Barrett's esophagus is abnormal finding at the junction of stomach and esophagus.
Associated with esophageal cancer, though not entirely clear it causes it. Enlarged esoph veins are called varices and are a danger to rupture. Mostly associated with liver cirrhosis of any kind. May notice enlarged spleen, hemorrhoids, abdominal veins. Ct can see multiple organs and measure vessels. More work to do.

In brief: Possibly unrelated
Barrett's esophagus is abnormal finding at the junction of stomach and esophagus.
Associated with esophageal cancer, though not entirely clear it causes it. Enlarged esoph veins are called varices and are a danger to rupture. Mostly associated with liver cirrhosis of any kind. May notice enlarged spleen, hemorrhoids, abdominal veins. Ct can see multiple organs and measure vessels. More work to do.
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