Barrett’s esophagus is also called columnar epithelium lined lower oesophagus (CELLO). It is caused due to abnormal changes occur within the cell of the lower portion of the esophagus. The main reason for Barrett,s esophagus is chronic acid exposure from reflex esophagus. Mostly this kind of condition found in 5-10% patients who diagnosed for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Although, many of the patients with barrett’s esophagus do not have symptoms.
Symptoms: Barrett’s esophagus does not cause any particular symptoms, however it is associated with below mentioned symptoms. • heartburn • dysphagia • hematemesis • pain under the sternum where the esophagus meets the stomach • unintentional weight loss because eating is painful
Treatment: For barrett’s esophagus doctors will approach different types of treatment that is depend up on the severity of disease those includes medicines, Endoscopic ablative therapies, Endoscopic mucosal resection, Surgery. Doctors prefer acid supressing medicine like proton pump inhibitor; an Endoscopic ablative therapy is performing by using different methods those are Photodynamic therapy, Radiofrequency ablation; In endoscopic mucosal resection, your doctor lifts the Barrett’s tissue, injects a solution underneath or applies suction to the tissue, and then cuts the tissue off. The doctor then removes the tissue with an endoscope; many of the doctors prefer surgery because this is having very less complications.
Barrett’s oesophagus is classified into short-segment (< 3 cm) and long-segment (> 3 cm) disease, according to the length of oesophagus that is affected. Short-segment disease is thought to be present in as many as 15% of the population, while long-segment disease probably only affects about 0.5%. Barrett’s oesophagus affects men about twice as often as women. The risk of developing disease increases with age, with an average age at diagnosis of 60 years. Middle-aged men are the most commonly affected group.