* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Barrett esophagus
- Barrett ulcer
- Chronic peptic ulcer and esophagitis syndrome
- Columnar-like esophagus
- Esophagitis-peptic ulcer
Barrett syndrome, also known as Barrett esophagus, is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine. This process is called intestinal metaplasia. The exact cause of Barrett syndrome is not known, but gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a risk factor for the condition. While Barrett syndrome itself does not cause symptoms, the acid reflux associated with GERD often leads to symptoms of heartburn. Less than 1% of people with Barrett syndrome develop a rare type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Treatment of GERD should improve symptoms, and may keep Barrett syndrome from getting worse. Endoscopic or surgical treatments can be used to treat Barrett syndrome with severe dysplasia or cancer.
- Barrett's Esophagus. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/barretts/. Accessed March 4, 2010.
- Longstreth GF. Barrett's esophagus. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001143.htm. Accessed March 4, 2010.
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- Medscape Reference has 2 articles on this topic from the perspective of Gastroenterology and Radiology. You may need to register to view the information online, but registration is free.
- MayoClinic.com provides information about Barrett syndrome.
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- The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), offers information on this condition. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge. Click on the link to read information on this topic.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Barrett syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Barrett syndrome. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.