Studies suggest that people with Barrett’s esophagus are 40 to 130 times as likely to develop esophageal cancer as the general population. Because Barrett’s sufferers often display few symptoms while in the early stages of the disease, it can be difficult to diagnose this condition.
The board-certified gastroenterologists at La Peer Health Systems’ Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence are experts at diagnosing and treating Barrett’s esophagus. If you think you may be exhibiting symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus, don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling (888) 548-7614.
Symptoms of Barrett’s Disease
It’s important to note that Barrett’s esophagus itself does not have any symptoms. However, the acid reflux that leads to Barrett’s esophagus may also cause heartburn and other symptoms. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus can help you determine when to get tested for this condition. Seeking treatment early can protect you from more serious esophageal conditions like cancer.
You may also want to get tested for Barrett’s if you suffer from gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD.
Symptoms of GERD
In people with GERD, the contents of the stomach leak back from the stomach to the esophagus. This condition can lead to heartburn and, in many cases, Barrett’s esophagus. People with GERD should seek treatment before their condition progresses into a more serious problem like Barrett’s. It’s also important for all individuals to stay alert to the symptoms of GERD to determine whether they are a risk.
The following are symptoms of gastrointestinal reflux disease:
• Sensation that food is stuck under breastbone
• Regurgitating food
• Trouble swallowing
• Sore throat
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you’ve already been diagnosed with GERD, you may want to contact the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence to be tested for Barrett’s esophagus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should I call the Barrett’s Center of Excellence about my heartburn?
A: You should contact the Barrett’s Center of Excellence for severe heartburn or heartburn lasting more than a few days. You should also call us if you have trouble swallowing or if you develop any of the above symptoms of Barrett’s disease.
Q: Can treating GERD really help protect me from Barrett’s disease?
A: Yes! Diagnosing GERD and treating its symptoms can help prevent you from developing Barrett’s esophagus in the future.
Q: Who is in danger of developing Barrett’s esophagus?
A: People over 50 with a history of GERD are more likely to develop Barrett’s disease. The condition is more common in men than women.
Q: How will the doctors at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center diagnose the condition?
A: Doctors diagnose Barrett’s by considering your symptoms and then examining the esophageal lining with a camera attached to a flexible tube.
Contact the Barrett’s Center
If you’re experiencing symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus, the doctors at La Peer’s Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence may be able to help. Our expert physicians utilize state-of-the-art technologies and treatment methods to provide you with the best possible care. Call (888) 548-7614 today to schedule a consultation.
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