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Barrett's oesophagus

Barrett's oesophagus: Introduction

Barrett's oesophagus: Barrett's esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged. The damage is caused by stomach acid that leaks back into the esophagus. This leakage of acid is commonly known as "heartburn" (gastroesophageal reflux). More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Barrett's oesophagus is available below.

Symptoms of Barrett's oesophagus

  • Barrett's esophagus itself does not cause symptoms. The acid reflux that causes Barrett's esophagus results in symptoms of heartburn. Rarely, Barrett's esophagus can progress to cancer of the esophagus, the symptoms of which may be difficulty swallowing or weight loss.
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Treatments for Barrett's oesophagus

  • Weight reduction
  • Avoiding lying down after meals
  • Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated
  • Taking medication with plenty of water
  • Avoiding dietary fat, chocolate, caffeine, and peppermint because they may cause lower esophageal pressure
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Barrett's oesophagus: Deaths

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Barrett's oesophagus: Complications

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Causes of Barrett's oesophagus

  • Irritation of the lining of the esophagus by stomach acid causes Barrett's esophagus. It happens more frequently in men than women. Risk factors are frequent and long-standing gastroesophageal reflux. The condition carries an increased risk of cancer of the esophagus
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Barrett's oesophagus: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Barrett's oesophagus

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Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a...read more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer...read more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Barrett's oesophagus

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Barrett's oesophagus: Rare Types

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Prognosis for Barrett's oesophagus

Prognosis for Barrett's oesophagus: An increased risk of esophageal cancer is present. Follow-up endoscopy to look for dysplasia or cancer is often advised.

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Definitions of Barrett's oesophagus:

Esophageal segment lined with columnar metaplastic epithelium which is flat or villiform. Barrett's epithelium is characterized by two different types of cells: goblet cells and columnar cells. The symptomatology of Barrett's esophagus is that of gastro-esophageal reflux. It is the precursor of most esophageal adenocarcinomas. (WHO, 2000) -- 2003 - (Source - Diseases Database)

 

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