Barrett's Oesophagus

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The condition

The oesophagus (gullet) is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

It is lined by cells similar to those that form the skin (squamous cells). In Barrett’s Oesophagus the lining at the lower end of the gullet changes from being skin-like, to being like the lining of the stomach. The cause of the condition is not known, but it is believed to be linked to the ‘reflux’ of digestive juices from the stomach up into the gullet.

The condition appears to be more common in men, and people who are overweight. It has also been shown that smoking can accelerate changes to Barrett’s Oesophagus. Most people diagnosed with Barrett’s Oesophagus will have been examined because of symptoms associated with gastro-oesophageal reflux. Individuals with this condition are at a slightly increased risk of developing oesophageal cancer so diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of this condition is important.

The symptoms

Treating Barrett’s Oesophagus

Barrett’s oesophagus can be treated in three ways. Medicinal treatment may suppress the production of acid in the stomach and prevent reflux. 

Dr Bansi may also use laser or heat energy applied via the endoscope to destroy the oesophageal lining.

The condition can also be treated with a surgical operation to strengthen the weakened valve at the lower end of the oesophagus, which allows reflux to occur.

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