What is Barrett’s Esophagus?
Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus changes, becoming more like the lining of the small intestine rather than the esophagus. This occurs in the area where the esophagus is joined to the stomach.
It is believed that the main reason that Barrett’s esophagus develops is because of chronic inflammation resulting from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Barrett’s esophagus is more common in people who have had GERD for a long period of time or who developed it at a young age. It is interesting that the frequency or the intensity of GERD symptoms, such as heartburn, does not affect the likelihood that someone will develop Barrett’s esophagus.
Most patients with Barrett’s esophagus will not develop cancer. In some patients, however, a precancerous change in the tissue, called dysplasia, will develop. That precancerous change is more likely to develop into esophageal cancer.
At the current time, a diagnosis of Barrett’s esophagus can only be made using endoscopy and detecting a change in the lining of the esophagus that can be confirmed by a biopsy of the tissue. The definitive diagnosis of Barrett’s esophagus requires biopsy confirmation of the change in the lining of the esophagus.
If you would like to see a Barrett’s Esophagus specialist in Palm Beach County, please visit Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches. It’s a full-service gastroenterology practice in Palm Beach Gardens specializing in diseases of the digestive tract and liver, including Barrett’s Esophagus. Our GI doctors utilize a wide range of digestive endoscopy techniques.
Our center for gastroenterology is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility, specializing in celiac disease, colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The Palm Beach gastroenterology consultants, nurses and staff appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
With over 80 years of combined experience, our gastroenterologist West Palm Beach perform thousands of procedures each year. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained GI doctors. Our physicians are the foremost experts in Barrett’s Esophagus, digestive wellness and gastrointestinal diseases.
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