Does Barret's esophagus require long term treatment?
Must be having some acid peptic disorder.
Please go through every line and try to understand that basic cause of your problem is reflux of acid from stomach to esophagus.Stomach is lined by a natural layer of mucosa membrane which is resistant to acid however mucosa in esophagus is easily destroyed by acid which regurgitates back from stomach.This cause severe irritation of esophagus leading to inflammation. the esophagus reacts to the repeated injury from the acidic fluid by changing the type of cells lining it from squamous (normal cells) to columnar (intestinal-type cells). This transformation, called metaplasia, is believed to be a protective response because the specialized columnar epithelium (epithelium means lining) in Barrett's esophagus is more resistant to injury from acid than the squamous epithelium.However in long term it increases risk of adenovarcinoma by 5%.
So after reading this you can see all we need to do is to control acid production and its reflux back into esophagus.
Have a more detailed look,
The esophagus is a muscular tube that is located in the chest and serves to transfer food from the mouth to the stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a valve that is located at the junction of the stomach with the esophagus. Its function is to prevent acid and other contents of the stomach from coming back into the esophagus. GERD is a condition in which excessive acid-containing fluid refluxes (flows) back into the esophagus, in part because the lower esophageal sphincter is weak.
In some patients with GERD, the esophagus reacts to the repeated injury from the acidic fluid by changing the type of cells lining it from squamous (normal cells) to columnar (intestinal-type cells). This transformation, called metaplasia, is believed to be a protective response because the specialized columnar epithelium (epithelium means lining) in Barrett's esophagus is more resistant to injury from acid than the squamous epithelium.
There is a small but definite increased risk of cancer of the esophagus (adenocarcinoma) in patients with Barrett's esophagus.
If low grade dysplasia is present, endoscopic biopsy surveillance should be done every six months indefinitely.
Now managemebt consists of two step-
1)Control acid production-r PPI's available in market.
2)Prevent reflux of acid formed back to esophagus-
Please request your gastroenterologist to start you on PPI-antacids like Rabeprazole or Esomeprazole.
Esomeprazole can be used in the dosage as high as 80 mg twice daily.Trials have shown that esomeprazole is superior to other PPI's in controlling reflux symptoms. Also, request him/her to add Domperidone 30mg or Levosulpiride(both are prokinetic)slow release once daily. This will slow down the reflux of acid back.Prokineic should be added in your regimen.
An antacid containing local anesthetic (Mucaine gel ) should be taken 2tsf thrice daily.
Acotiamide is another wonderful new drug and is very effective in controlling symptoms of GERD and esophagitis. In trials- Acotiamide, a gastrointestinal motility modulator, at a standard dose of 100mg thrice daily has significantly affected esophageal motor functions or gastroesophageal reflux in healthy adults.
All these drugs should be given by your gastroenterologist to provide you with relief in your problem.
To prevent the esophageal damage from developing into late stage Barett ask your gastroenterologist to follow aggressive treatment pattern initially. As your symptoms will improve drugs can be tappered off.
1)yes very long term treatment.
2)If you follow above suggestion more then excellent prognosis.
3)If you follow precautions and proper medicines very rare.
4)Depending on grade 1 2 and 3 conservative grade 4 surgical.
6)Endoscopic guided biopsy evey 12 months.
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