Barrett’s esophagus is a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) . GERD is a condition in which the stomach regurgitates its contents into the esophagus. This causes erosions in the esophagus.
Barrett’s Esophagus: What You Need to Know
- Treatment for Barrett’s esophagus ranges from lifestyle changes to medication, or in some cases, surgery.
- In order to confirm a diagnosis of Barrett’s esophagus, you will require diagnostic testing. Procedures may include X-rays or an endoscopy.
- Barrett’s esophagus produces symptoms similar to GERD. However, Barrett’s esophagus can sometimes develop into esophageal cancer, so your condition needs to be monitored closely.
Read a more in-depth article about Barrett’s esophagus, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of Barrett’s esophagus.
Read our FAQs about Barrett’s esophagus.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for Barrett’s esophagus?
Johns Hopkins is one of only a few centers using confocal endomicroscopy, which offers immediate diagnosis.Learn more about confocal microscopy at Johns Hopkins.