Barrett's Esophagus: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 8/21/2020

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus (food tube) becomes damaged by stomach acid that regurgitates up into the esophagus. The changes in the lining of the esophagus increase a person's risk of developing esophageal cancer later on.

The changes in the lining of the esophagus do not cause specific signs or symptoms themselves. However, if Barrett's esophagus occurs as a result of GERD, symptoms associated with this condition may be present. Symptoms include a

About half of people with Barrett's esophagus do not report any significant symptoms of GERD.

Cause of Barrett's esophagus

Chronic or long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is most often the cause of Barrett's esophagus.

Other barrett's esophagus symptoms and signs


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