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Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett's esophagus is a condition of the lower esophagus. It occurs when the lining of your esophagus is replaced by tissue similar to your intestinal lining.

Chronic reflux or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may cause Barrett's esophagus. Between five and 10 percent of people with GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus. Obesity and smoking are other risk factors.

Barrett's esophagus is seen most often in overweight, Caucasian male patients over the age of 50 with chronic GERD symptoms. If this describes you, consider getting screened for Barrett’s esophagus.

Barrett's esophagus can be difficult to diagnose. About 30 percent of people with the condition do not experience reflux symptoms such as heartburn. Others may control their GERD with over the counter medicines and may not tell their doctor about those symptoms.

While Barrett's esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition, in some cases, dysplasia is present. This means that cells from your esophagus appear markedly abnormal under a microscope. This increases your cancer risk.

It is important to be checked for Barrett’s esophagus because it is a precancerous condition. Barrett’s esophagus is a risk factor for esophageal cancer, which is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. Most people with Barrett’s esophagus do not develop cancer.

At Indiana University Health, our experience in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, especially esophagogastroduodenoscopy, makes us uniquely positioned to deliver specialized care for your Barrett’s esophagus, including cases with irregularities.

Our affiliation with the IU School of Medicine and the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology keeps us on the leading edge of advancements for diagnosing and treating Barrett’s esophagus. By participating in research and clinical trials, we take part in creating and learning the best ways to treat your symptoms.

Our skilled physicians have extensive experience in radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy, benefiting you with excellent short- and long-term results.

Many people with Barrett’s esophagus also have gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Our GI Motility Clinic at IU Health University Hopsital provides advanced testing to evaluate and treat your GERD and assist with swallowing difficulties. Controlling GERD is essential to preventing and managing Barrett’s esophagus.

Our goal is to remove Barrett’s esophagus and abnormal cells and regularly monitor your condition to maintain your health. We are one of the few centers in Indiana to offer specific treatments for Barrett’s esophagus with high-grade dysplasia and other unusual features.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment Information

We provide highly advanced endoscopic procedures for the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus with high-grade dysplasia.

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