What is Barrett’s esophagus?
Barrett's esophagus causes changes to the lining of the esophagus near the stomach. The changes may have been caused by the acid reflux that occurs with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
The changed lining is not cancerous, but Barrett's esophagus may increase your chances of developing cancer later on.
Barrett's esophagus treatment
Currently, there is no cure for Barrett's esophagus, so treatment is aimed at preventing further damage from occurring by stopping acid reflux from the stomach.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of Barrett's esophagus and personal preferences. Barrett's esophagus treatment options may include:
- H2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors
- Porfimer sodium solution
- Surgery: fundoplication
- Dilation procedure
- Clinical trials (when appropriate)
Baylor Scott & White Health's specialized centers can help pinpoint digestive disease causes and get you started on a path of optimal digestive health.
Center for Esophageal Disease
The Center for Esophageal Disease at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, features gastroenterologists, interventional endoscopists, laryngologists, esophageal surgeons and thoracic surgeons on the Baylor University Medical Center staff who have focused expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the esophagus in Dallas, including symptoms of acid reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and difficulty swallowing disorders.