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What is Barretts disease?

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My cousin Is having tests for Barretts diease. What us that?
Posted Sat, 1 Mar 2014 in GERD
Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri 59 minutes later
Brief Answer: Replacement of esophageal lining by stomach lining Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query on HealthCareMagic. Barrett's disease or more commonly Barrett's esophagus is a disease affecting the lower part of esophagus (food pipe). The lower end of esophagus is lined by squamous epithelial cells. Due to reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, the lining of the esophagus is inflamed. The inflamed esophagus becomes red in color and the squamous lining is replaced by columnar epithelium of the stomach. The importance of this change in the epithelium lies in the fact that the columnar lining is more prone to develop cancer. The management of Barrett;s esophagus is to prevent the reflux the acid from stomach into the esophagus. If you have more queries, I will be glad to answer. Dr Shailja P Wahal
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Dr. Wahal - Thankx for the quiuck reply.So management is basically through diet and medications.
Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri 19 hours later
Brief Answer: Yes, the management is conservative Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome again, Yes, the management is through diet and medication. However, a close follow up will be required as Barrett's esophagus is a risk factor for development of cancer for lower end of esophagus. Thanks and take care Dr Shailja P Wahal
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