Prevalence and Incidence of Barrett Esophagus
Barrett Esophagus: Rare Disease
Barrett Esophagus is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Barrett Esophagus, or a subtype of Barrett Esophagus,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Ophanet, who are a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when if affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list Barrett Esophagus as a "rare disease".
More information about Barrett Esophagus is available from Orphanet
About prevalence and incidence statistics:
The term 'prevalence' of Barrett Esophagus usually refers to the estimated population
of people who are managing Barrett Esophagus at any given time.
The term 'incidence' of Barrett Esophagus refers to the annual diagnosis rate,
or the number of new cases of Barrett Esophagus diagnosed each year.
Hence, these two statistics types can differ:
a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence,
but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence.
For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.