Diseases & Conditions


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Barrett Esophagus


Synonyms of Barrett Esophagus
  • Barrett Ulcer
  • BE
  • Columnar-Like Esophagus
  • Columnar-Lined Esophagus

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Barrett esophagus is a condition in which the cells that make up of the tissue of the lower end of the esophagus are abnormal. The esophagus is the thin tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. Chronic inflammation and ulceration of the lower end of the esophagus eventually causes the cells normally found there to be replaced by cells normally found in the intestines (intestinal metaplasia). Barrett esophagus does not usually cause any noticeable symptoms (asymptomatic). The disorder is considered a premalignant condition and affected individuals are at an increased risk (although their overall risk remains low) of developing cancer (adenocarcinoma) of the esophagus. Barrett esophagus usually occurs more often in individuals with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), a condition characterized by backflow (regurgitation) of the contents of stomach into the esophagus. The exact reason these tissue changes occur in Barrett esophagus is unknown.

    Organizations related to Barrett Esophagus
    • Digestive Disease National Coalition
      507 Capitol Court
      Washington DC 20002
      Phone #: 202-544-7497
      800 #: --
      e-mail: scott@hmcw.org
      Home page: http://www.ddnc.org
    • Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, Inc.
      PO Box 3842
      Ithica NY 14850-3842
      Phone #: 607-257-1141
      800 #: 866-370-3222
      e-mail: jgillett@ecaware.org
      Home page: http://www.ecaware.org/
    • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
      P.O. Box 170864
      Milwaukee WI 53217
      Phone #: 414-964-1799
      800 #: 888-964-2001
      e-mail: iffgd@iffgd.org
      Home page: http://www.iffgd.org
    • NIH/National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      2 Information Way
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: 800-891-5389
      e-mail: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov



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