2016-06-07 20:32:36 UTC

Barrett's Esophagus 101: What is Barrett's Esophagus?

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  • Having Barrett’s esophagus means the cells lining the esophagus (the tube that links the mouth and the stomach) have changed into types of intestinal cells that are not normal and increase the risk of long-term problems.
  • Barrett’s esophagus does not cause symptoms that you can feel.
  • It is found through an upper GI endoscopy and biopsy (taking a small piece of tissue to look at under a microscope). 
  • The biggest worry with Barrett’s esophagus is that those who have it are at a slightly greater risk for a type of cancer forming in the esophagus.
  • While the true cause is unknown, having heartburn that doesn’t go away could make you more likely to get Barrett’s esophagus. 

©AGA, July 2016

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