Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Points to Remember
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- In Barrett's esophagus, the cells lining the esophagus change and become
similar to the cells lining the intestine.
- Barrett's esophagus is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease or
- A small number of people with Barrett's esophagus may develop esophageal cancer.
The lifetime risk is comparable to the risk of developing colon cancer - approximately
- Barrett's esophagus is diagnosed by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy.
- People who have Barrett's esophagus should have periodic esophageal examinations
by EGD (upper endoscopy).
- Taking acid-blocking drugs for GERD may result in improvements in Barrett's
- Specific treatment is recommended only for people who have a high risk of developing cancer or who already have it. Options include surgical removal of the esophagus or destruction of the abnormal Barrett's tissue at upper endoscopy (EGD).
December 12, 2007.
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