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Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach, changes so that some of its lining is replaced by a type of tissue similar to that normally found in the intestines. It is commonly associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Other risk factors include obesity, age, and gender.
Barrett's esophagus does not often cause symptoms unless a rare type of cancer occurs as a result. The condition may improve with the use of acid-blocking drugs for GERD. Removal of the esophagus is recommended only for people who have a high risk of developing cancer or who already have it.
(Click Barrett's Esophagus for more information on this condition. This article describes the esophagus in more detail and how Barrett's damages it. Statistics on this condition are also included.)
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