Barrett’s Esophagus (also known as BE) is a complication of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (also known as GERD). In cases of BE, the normal tissue lining the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach, is damaged by stomach acid and changes to tissue that resembles the lining of the intestine.
For individuals diagnosed with GERD, the tissue in the esophagus can become damaged over time, causing Barrett’s Esophagus. Many people with Barrett’s Esophagus do not show any specific symptoms, only those of GERD such as heartburn and acid reflux. Treatment typically includes an endoscopic procedure to collect a tissue sample in order to diagnose BE and evaluate changes in the esophagus tissue over time that may lead to cancer.
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