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Barrett's Esophagus
« on: January 11, 2008, 03:20:42 PM »
Does anyone have any info on this or any personal experience with it?  My wife was diagnosed with it.  The first sentence in the second paragraph has us a little freaked.  Though it's only like 0.5% of the cases it still scares the crap out of me.


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Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach, changes so that some of its lining is replaced by a type of tissue similar to that normally found in the intestine. This process is called intestinal metaplasia.

While Barrett's esophagus may cause no symptoms itself, a small number of people with this condition develop a relatively rare but often deadly type of cancer of the esophagus called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Barrett's esophagus is estimated to affect about 700,000 adults in the United States. It is associated with the very common condition gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.



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