Barrett’s Esophagus: What Is It, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Brief Introduction of Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a gastrointestinal tract condition that occurs when the esophagus comes in contact with stomach acid. The cells of your esophagus, when viewed under a microscope, may look like the cells that make up your intestines. This is because your esophageal cells get damaged by exposure to acid from the stomach. Treatment usually depends on the severity of the condition and may range from drugs to surgical procedures. Your doctor will examine you to know which treatment is best for you.

Studies show that Barrett’s esophagus usually occurs due to persistent reoccurrence of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) for years. If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus can lead to other health complications including esophageal cancer.