Barrett’s Esophagus is typically the result of repeated exposure to stomach acid. It’s most often diagnosed in people with GERD. Frequent heartburn and chest pain are symptoms, however, many people with Barrett’s Esophagus have no symptoms.
It’s important to diagnose Barrett’s Esophagus because patients have a small increased risk of developing esophageal cancer if they have Barrett’s Esophagus. Barrett’s Esophagus and heartburn symptoms are related to a specific type of esophageal cancer called “esophageal adenocarcinoma.”
Barrett’s Esophagus Risk Factors:
- Age, 50+
- Caucasian ethnicity
- GERD symptoms of longer than 10 years duration
You should see one of our physicians if you have the Barrett’s Esophagus risk factors. If you have symptoms such as trouble swallowing, losing weight without trying, blood in your stool, persistent symptoms despite medical therapy, or new chest pain, you should discuss your symptoms with one of our board certified physicians and have an endoscopic examination.