What is Barrett's oesophagus and what are its symptoms? 

For those with this condition, the normal cells in the lower part of their oesophagus (tube connecting mouth to the stomach) are replaced with a different type of cells.

This condition is usually the result of acid reflux, which is when acid from the stomach enters the oesophagus. It’s important to note, however, that not all those who suffer from acid reflux develop Barrett's oesophagus. If left untreated, this condition can turn into pre-cancer or cancer of the oesophagus.

For those with this conditions, symptoms are only those that are the result of acid reflux. These include:

  • Heartburn
  • Burning sensation or acid taste in the throat
  • Vomiting after meals
  • Difficult swallowing

What are the tests and treatments for this condition?

In terms of confirming your diagnosis, your doctor will resort to an upper endoscopy to check for Barrett’s Oesophagus.

If confirmed, you will be first treated for acid reflux. While this can’t completely cure you of Barrett’s Oesophagus, this will prevent it from becoming worse. Medication to prevent your stomach from creating acid will, most likely, be prescribed as well.

If you experience this condition, following up with your doctor is extremely important. He or she will continue working with you to ensure that this does not turn into pre-cancer or cancer.

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