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How will barretts esophagus affect my health going forward?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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1 comment
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Usually nothing at all happens to you from having Barrett's, but the cancer risk is real. Barrett's is a particular type of change in the surface cells, and distinct from the reflux symptoms that Dr. Singh describes. You'll get endoscoped from time to time. Good luck.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Problematic GERD

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.

In brief: Problematic GERD

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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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