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:
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.
How do you keep Barrett’s oesophagus from progressing?
This condition’s progress can be slowed down by controlling acid reflux. Using antacids and proton pump blockers, the acidity of the stomach can be reduced, preventing Barrett’s oesophagus from worsening.
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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