Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus refers to abnormal change in the cells of the lower esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer. Typically, this is caused by repeated exposure to stomach acid, which is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Although the risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus from GERD is small, it is important to monitor GERD patients to ensure early detection and treatment.

As there are no signs or symptoms for Barrett’s esophagus, it is important, in particular if one suffers from GERD to periodically get tested for the disorder.