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Barrett esophagus

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Barrett syndrome
  • Barrett ulcer
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Chronic peptic ulcer and esophagitis syndrome
  • Columnar-like esophagus
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Overview

Barrett esophagus is a condition 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 intestines. Although this change does not cause any specific signs or symptoms, it is typically diagnosed in people who have long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The exact underlying cause of Barrett esophagus is not known; however, it generally occurs sporadically in people with no family history of the condition. Treatment varies by the severity of the condition and generally includes medications and life style modifications to ease the symptoms of GERD. Endoscopic or surgical treatments may be recommended in people with severe cases.[1][2]
Last updated: 7/13/2015

References

  1. Stuart J Spechler, MD. Barrett's esophagus: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis. UpToDate. December 2014; Accessed 7/9/2015.
  2. Mark H Johnston, MD. Barrett Esophagus. Medscape Reference. April 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/171002-overview.
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Basic Information

  • The Mayo Clinic Web site provides further information on Barrett esophagus.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • 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.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Barrett syndrome
  • Barrett ulcer
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Chronic peptic ulcer and esophagitis syndrome
  • Columnar-like esophagus
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.