Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that occurs when there is an abnormal growth in the lining of the swallowing tube that connects the mouth to the esophagus, which becomes damaged by acid reflux, resulting in the lining to thicken and become red.
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) plays a critical role between the stomach and esophagus, but when the valve becomes damaged due to acid reflux, the LES can begin to fail. Acid reflux, otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is often accompanied by heartburn and regurgitation. As a result, acid reflux can result in a change of the cells lining in the lower esophagus, which may cause Barrett’s esophagus. Although the exact cause of Barrett's esophagus is not known, there has been evidence of chronic acid reflux that suggests a connection to Barrett’s esophagus.
People with Barrett’s esophagus may be at risk of esophageal cancer, and although the risk is small, it is important to have regular checkups.
Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus
The symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus are similar to the symptoms of chronic acid reflux, which include the following:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Epigastric pain
If you suffer from the symptoms mentioned above, contact us today to schedule an appointment with a Barrett’s esophagus specialist in Thousand Oaks. It is also important to know, though, that many people who have Barrett’s esophagus do not experience any symptoms at all. At The Office of Dr. Sharam Daneshgar, MD, we will provide you with the diagnosis and treatment you need.
Contact a Barrett’s Esophagus Doctor in Thousand Oaks Today
To learn more about how our experienced team can help, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks. Our team will perform a comprehensive exam to determine whether you have Barrett’s esophagus or a similar issue and provide lasting and effective treatment.