Barrett's Esophagus

Common Name(s)

Barrett's Esophagus, Barrett syndrome

Barrett syndrome, also known as Barrett esophagus, is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of the intestine. This process is called intestinal metaplasia.  The exact cause of Barrett syndrome is not known, but gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a risk factor for the condition.  While Barrett syndrome itself does not cause symptoms, the acid reflux associated with GERD often leads to symptoms of heartburn.   Less than 1% of people with Barrett syndrome develop a rare type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Treatment of GERD should improve symptoms, and may keep Barrett syndrome from getting worse. Endoscopic or surgical treatments can be used to treat Barrett syndrome with severe dysplasia or cancer.

 

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Inc. (AGMD)

AGMD is a nonprofit international organization which serves as an integral educational resource concerning digestive motility diseases and disorders. It also functions as an important information base for members of the medical and scientific communities. In addition, it provides a forum for patients suffering from digestive motility diseases and disorders as well as their families and members of the medical community.

http://www.agmd-gimotility.org

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2015

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Barrett's Esophagus" returned 554 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pathway Cross-Talk Analysis in Detecting Significant Pathways in Barrett's Esophagus Patients.
 

Author(s): Zhengyuan Xu, Yan Yan, Jian He, Xinfang Shan, Weiguo Wu

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BACKGROUND The pathological mechanism of Barrett's esophagus (BE) is still unclear. In the present study, pathway cross-talks were analyzed to identify hub pathways for BE, with the purpose of finding an efficient and cost-effective detection method to discover BE at its early stage ...

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2017

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Risk stratification for malignant progression in Barrett's esophagus: Gender, age, duration and year of surveillance.
 

Author(s): Piers Gatenby, Santanu Bhattacharjee, Christine Wall, Christine Caygill, Anthony Watson

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2016 Dec;22(48):10592-10600.

 

To clarify risk based upon segment length, diagnostic histological findings, patient age and year of surveillance, duration of surveillance and gender.

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2017

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Risk Profiles for Barrett's Esophagus Differ between New and Prevalent, and Long- and Short-Segment Cases.
 

Author(s): Mimi C Tan, Jackson Murrey-Ittmann, Theresa Nguyen, Gyanprakash A Ketwaroo, Hashem B El-Serag, Aaron P Thrift

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Previous studies on Barrett's esophagus (BE) risk factors have had differing case definitions and control groups. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in risk factors between newly diagnosed vs. prevalent BE, long- vs. short-segment BE, and endoscopy-only BE without ...

Last Updated: 30 Dec 2016

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The terms "Barrett's Esophagus" returned 109 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Proton Pump Inhibitors Do Not Reduce the Risk of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma in Patients with Barrett's Esophagus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Qiang Hu, Tian-Tian Sun, Jie Hong, Jing-Yuan Fang, Hua Xiong, Stephen J Meltzer

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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been used for treatment of Barrett's esophagus (BE) for many years. However, the connection between PPIs and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) in patients with BE has still been controversial. The current systematic review and meta-analysis was designed ...

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2017

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Turning Skyscrapers into Town Houses: Insights into Barrett's Esophagus.
 

Author(s): Theresa D Ahrens, Lisa Lutz, Silke Lassmann, Martin Werner

Journal: Pathobiology. 2017 ;84(2):87-98.

 

Barrett's esophagus (BE) is defined as metaplasia of the esophageal squamous epithelium with multiple cell layers into a single layer of intestinal columnar epithelial cells - or, in other words, skyscrapers are turned into town houses. The underlying pathomechanism(s) and the cell ...

Last Updated: 22 Sep 2016

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Acetic acid chromoendoscopy: Improving neoplasia detection in Barrett's esophagus.
 

Author(s): Fergus J Q Chedgy, Sharmila Subramaniam, Kesavan Kandiah, Sreedhari Thayalasekaran, Pradeep Bhandari

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2016 Jul;22(25):5753-60.

 

Barrett's esophagus (BE) is an important condition given its significant premalignant potential and dismal five-year survival outcomes of advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma. It is therefore suggested that patients with a diagnosis of BE undergo regular surveillance in order to pick ...

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2016

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

BETERNet Notch Signaling and Novel Biomarkers for Barretts Esophagus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Barrett's Esophagus

 

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2017

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"Acetic Acid Chromoendoscopy in Barrett's Esophagus Surveillance
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Barrett's Esophagus

 

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2017

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Trial of a Gastrin Receptor Antagonist in Barrett's Esophagus
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Barrett's Esophagus

 

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2017

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