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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Unfortunately, anti-reflux surgery has not been shown to reverse the cellular changes of Barrett's esophagus. It is indicated to control the symptoms of reflux refractory to medical management.
Dr. Leena Khaitan
Agree, however surgery can decrease the ongoing reflux that may allow Barrett's to progress. This is very controversial and you should discusss with your physician.
7 doctors agree

In brief: Esophageal damage

Barrett esophagus is a condition in which, as a result of chronic esophageal reflux disease, the normal lining of the lower esophagus undergoes changes on a microscopic level that increase the patient's risk of lower esophageal cancer.

In brief: Esophageal damage

Barrett esophagus is a condition in which, as a result of chronic esophageal reflux disease, the normal lining of the lower esophagus undergoes changes on a microscopic level that increase the patient's risk of lower esophageal cancer.
Dr. Brandon Smithey
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Increased risk CA

Chronic reflux of stomach content can cause irritation and inflammation of esophagus.
Can lead to cellular changes that can increase the risk for (glandular) cancer of the esophagus. Can be checked with endoscopy, follow up surveillance with endoscopy, rx the reflux. New nonsurgical rx for more advanced cases (still pre cancer). Aggressive rx for reflux lifelong.

In brief: Increased risk CA

Chronic reflux of stomach content can cause irritation and inflammation of esophagus.
Can lead to cellular changes that can increase the risk for (glandular) cancer of the esophagus. Can be checked with endoscopy, follow up surveillance with endoscopy, rx the reflux. New nonsurgical rx for more advanced cases (still pre cancer). Aggressive rx for reflux lifelong.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Increased cancerrisk

Barrett's esophagus is a change in the lining of the esophagus to more resemble the intestine.
This is a protective measure by the body to protect agains acid reflux. However it is a pre-cancerous lesion, and should be followed by surveillance endoscopy.

In brief: Increased cancerrisk

Barrett's esophagus is a change in the lining of the esophagus to more resemble the intestine.
This is a protective measure by the body to protect agains acid reflux. However it is a pre-cancerous lesion, and should be followed by surveillance endoscopy.
Dr. David Cooke
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