Barrett's Esophagus Symptoms
Barrett's esophagus has no unique symptoms. Patients with Barrett's have the symptoms of GERD (for example, heartburn, regurgitation, nausea, etc.). The general trend is for individuals with Barrett's have more severe GERD. However, not all Barrett's have marked symptoms of GERD, and some patients are detected accidentally with minimal or no symptoms of GERD.
- Heartburn is a burning sensation behind the breastbone, usually in the lower half, but may extend all the way up to the throat. Sometimes, it is accompanied by burning or pain in the pit of the stomach just below where the breastbone ends.
- Regurgitation (backup) of bitter tasting fluid is another common symptom.
The refluxed, regurgitated fluid occasionally may enter the lungs or the voice box, resulting in what are called extraesophageal symptoms of GERD. These symptoms include:
- new onset adult asthma,
- frequent bronchitis,
- chronic cough,
- sore throats, and