Complications of Barrett's esophagus
Complications list for Barrett's esophagus:
The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources
for Barrett's esophagus includes:
See also the symptoms of Barrett's esophagus and Barrett's esophagus: Introduction.
Complications of Barrett's esophagus:
Barrett's Esophagus: NIDDK (Excerpt)
Sometimes the damaged lining of the esophagus becomes thick and
hardened, causing strictures, or narrowing of the esophagus. Strictures
can interfere with eating and drinking by preventing food and liquid from
reaching the stomach. Strictures are treated by dilation, in which an
instrument gently stretches the strictures and expands the opening in the
About 5 to 10 percent of people with Barrett's develop cancer of the
esophagus. Because of the cancer risk, people with Barrett's esophagus are
screened for esophageal cancer regularly.
(Source: excerpt from Barrett's Esophagus: NIDDK)
What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Esophagus: NCI (Excerpt)
Long-term irritation can
increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Tissues at the
bottom of the esophagus can become irritated if stomach acid
frequently "backs up" into the esophagus -- a problem called
gastric reflux .
Over time, cells in the irritated part of the esophagus may
change and begin to resemble the cells that line the
stomach. This condition, known as Barrett's
esophagus , is a premalignant condition that may
develop into adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Esophagus: NCI)
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Complications of Barrett's esophagus are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are
caused by Barrett's esophagus.
In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Barrett's esophagus and complications
of Barrett's esophagus is unclear