Barrett's Esophagus

Common Name(s)

Barrett's Esophagus, Barrett syndrome

Barrett syndrome, also known as Barrett esophagus, is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine. This process is called intestinal metaplasia.  The exact cause of Barrett syndrome is not known, but gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a risk factor for the condition.  While Barrett syndrome itself does not cause symptoms, the acid reflux associated with GERD often leads to symptoms of heartburn.   Less than 1% of people with Barrett syndrome develop a rare type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Treatment of GERD should improve symptoms, and may keep Barrett syndrome from getting worse. Endoscopic or surgical treatments can be used to treat Barrett syndrome with severe dysplasia or cancer.

 

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Barrett's Esophagus" returned 384 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Barrett's Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet): the pivotal role of multi-institutional collaboration in esophageal adenocarcinoma research.
 

Author(s): Julian A Abrams, Henry D Appelman, David G Beer, Lynne D Berry, Amitabh Chak, Gary W Falk, Rebecca C Fitzgerald, Gregory G Ginsberg, William M Grady, Bishnu P Joshi, John P Lynch, Sanford Markowitz, Ellen S Richmond, Anil K Rustgi, Eric J Seibel, Nicholas J Shaheen, Yu Shyr, Asad Umar, Kenneth K Wang, Timothy C Wang, Thomas D Wang, Rihab Yassin

Journal: Gastroenterology. 2014 Jun;146(7):1586-90.

 

Last Updated: 26 May 2014

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Impairment of secondary peristalsis in Barrett's esophagus by transnasal endoscopy-based testing.
 

Author(s): Go Kobayashi, Mitsuru Kaise, Hiroshi Arakawa, Hisao Tajiri

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Jan;20(3):822-8.

 

To investigate dysfunctions in esophageal peristalsis and sensation in patients with Barrett's esophagus following acid infusion using endoscopy-based testing.

Last Updated: 27 Feb 2014

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Body mass index, smoking, and alcohol and risks of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma: a UK prospective cohort study.
 

Author(s): Max Yates, Edward Cheong, Robert Luben, Laszlo Igali, Rebecca Fitzgerald, Kay-Tee Khaw, Andrew Hart

Journal: Dig. Dis. Sci.. 2014 Jul;59(7):1552-9.

 

The timing of the risk factors cigarette smoking, alcohol and obesity in the development of Barrett's esophagus (BE) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is unclear.

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Barrett's Esophagus" returned 80 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Advances in understanding the pathogenesis of Barrett's esophagus.
 

Author(s): Nicholas J Clemons, Shze Yung Koh, Wayne A Phillips

Journal: Discov Med. 2014 Jan;17(91):7-14.

 

Barrett's esophagus (BE) is an intestinal-like columnar metaplasia that replaces the normal stratified squamous epithelium in the distal esophagus. Clinically, BE is an important entity as it is the only established precursor to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a disease with an extremely ...

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2014

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Meta-analysis of Barrett's esophagus in China.
 

Author(s): Ying Dong, Bing Qi, Xiao-Ying Feng, Chun-Meng Jiang

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2013 Dec;19(46):8770-9.

 

To investigate the epidemiology and characteristics of Barrett's esophagus (BE) in China and compare with cases in the west.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2013

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Efficacy and durability of radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's Esophagus: systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Eric S Orman, Nan Li, Nicholas J Shaheen

Journal: Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol.. 2013 Oct;11(10):1245-55.

 

In patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) safely and effectively eradicates dysplasia and intestinal metaplasia. We aimed to determine the efficacy and durability of RFA for patients with dysplastic and nondysplastic BE.

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Vitamin D Supplementation on 15-Prostaglandin Dehydrogenase Expression in Barrett's Esophagus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Short Segment Barrett's Esophagus; Long Segment Barrett's Esophagus

 

Last Updated: 28 May 2014

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Familial Barrett's Esophagus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Barrett's Esophagus; Esophageal Neoplasm

 

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2013

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Barrett's Esophagus Related Neoplasia (BERN) Project
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Barrett's Esophagus; Neoplasms; Gastroesophageal Reflux

 

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2014

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