Were you looking for information about Barrett's Esophagus? Barrett's esophogus is a common misspelling of Barrett's esophagus.
Barrett's esophagus is a medical condition that occurs when the esophagus forms new types of cells on its surface that are similar to those found in the intestines. Although the exact causes of this disorder are unknown, certain risk factors (such as GERD, age, and obesity) increase the likelihood of developing it. This condition can ultimately lead to a rare but deadly form of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma.
To treat this condition, a person may be prescribed acid-blocking drugs. In some cases, surgery may be required. Consistent, periodic monitoring of the esophagus is also important, as this allows the healthcare provider to notice any pre-cancerous changes.
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