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Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach, changes so that some of its lining is replaced by a type of tissue similar to that normally found in the intestine. This process is called intestinal metaplasia.
While Barrett's esophagus may cause no symptoms itself, a small number of
people with this condition develop a relatively rare but often deadly type of
cancer of the esophagus called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Barrett's esophagus
is estimated to affect about 700,000 adults in the United States. It is associated
with the very common condition gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
Modified from National Digestive Diseases Information
by Bruce Greenwald M.D.