Barrett's esophagus is a condition that affects the oesophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). It may be caused by acid reflux that can change the lining of the cells in the oesophagus. Over a long time this may result in pre-cancer or even cancer of the oesophagus. Some patients have no sypmtoms. It is actually quite rare to develop cancer of the oesophagus due to Barrett’s.
Symptoms may include:
We diagnose Barrett’s by history and examination with gastroscopy to observe and sample the lining of the oesophagus for testing under a microscope. If you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s then you will need regular surveillance as early detection and treatment can prevent cancer.
The initial treatment is usually with a change in lifestyle and acid suppression medication. We can discuss this further with you during consultation.