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Barrett’s Esophagus

Individuals with chronic acid reflux or frequent heartburn are at risk for a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett's is a pre-cancerous condition, which left untreated, puts individuals at a higher risk for developing a certain type of cancer known asesphageal adenocarcinoma.

Barrett’s esophagus occurs as the result of injury to the esophagus from the chronic backwash of stomach contents (like acid and enzymes) that occurs with acid reflux. Persistent acid reflux, commonly known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), is widespread in American adults.

Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett's esophagus does not directly produce symptoms. However, it often occurs as a result of chronic acid reflux, which produces symptoms such as:

  • Heartburn or chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sore throat, hoarse voice or chronic cough
  • Sour or acidic taste in mouth
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Dysphagia (difficulty or pain with swallowing)

Barrett’s Esophagus Risk Factors

There are a few risk factors that increase the chances of developing Barrett's esophagus, including a history of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), hiatal hernia or unhealthy eating habits.

Expert Care You Can Trust!

The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex gastroesophageal care, providing access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively with Hoag-affiliated gastroenterologists and medical oncology specialists to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s committed to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.​

To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag gastroesophageal expert, visit Meet the Team, or call us at: 877-775-0604.