Have you been feeling off after eating certain foods? Are common food items such as milk and cheese causing discomfort that is hard to discuss or reveal to others? If this has become a persistent issu…Read More
A small fraction of people with chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) develop Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is a digestive disorder in which the tissue in your esophagus is replaced by tissue similar to your intestinal lining.
Your risk of esophageal cancer increases with the presence of this condition. Regular checkups are crucial to ensure you don’t have precancerous cell growth. Precancerous cells should be treated right away to avoid esophageal cancer.
Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus include:
- Difficulty swallowing food
- Frequent heartburn
- Chest pain, which is less common
These symptoms can be similar to symptoms of GERD.
If you have persistent problems with heartburn over the course of five years, schedule an appointment with your gastrointestinal doctor. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
Vomiting red or brown blood
- Chest pain
- Black or bloody stools
- Difficulty swallowing
Contact your doctor for any questions and concerns.