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
- burning feeling in the chest (heartburn),
- chest pain,
- chronic cough,
- hoarseness, or
- throat irritation.
About half of people with Barrett's esophagus do not report any significant symptoms of GERD.
Cause of Barrett's esophagus
Other barrett's esophagus symptoms and signs
- Burning Feeling in the Chest (Heartburn)
- Chest Pain
- Chronic Cough
- Throat Irritation
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