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Barrett’s Oesophagus

Barrett’s oesophagus is a condition in which the normal cells lining the lower part of the oesophagus (gullet) are replaced by abnormal cells usually in response to prolonged acid exposure (reflux). This is usually identified during upper GI endoscopy for another reason and is not symptomatic in itself.

The main concern with Barrett’s oesophagus is a small, but significant, increased risk of oesophageal cancer in patients with this condition. As such, once this is identified your specialist will carefully assess this endoscopically and with biopsies to establish your risk, and may recommend endoscopic surveillance to pick up any early pre-cancerous changes.
No medicines have been clearly shown to reduce the risk of progression but long term acid lowering therapy is often recommended.

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