Barrett’s Esophagus (BE)

What is Barrett’s Esophagus?

 

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A view of the esophagus seen during upper endoscopy  which shows Barrett’s Esophagus
© 2004 by Mayo Foundation for
Medical Education and Research.

Barrett’s Esophagus (or BE) is a change in the lining of the esophagus which can later turn into pre-cancer or cancer.  BE is usually caused by acid reflux which can feel like a burning in the chest (heartburn), burning in the throat or an acid taste, or trouble swallowing.

It is diagnosed with an upper endoscopy, where abnormalities in the esophagus can be seen (see picture above), and biopsies of the esophagus that are reviewed by a pathologist.

CEDAS BE Studies: