Barrett Esophagus

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Barrett Ulcer
  • BE
  • Columnar-Like Esophagus
  • Columnar-Lined Esophagus

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Barrett esophagus is a condition in which the cells that make up of the tissue of the lower end of the esophagus are abnormal. The esophagus is the thin tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. Chronic inflammation and ulceration of the lower end of the esophagus eventually causes the cells normally found there to be replaced by cells normally found in the intestines (intestinal metaplasia). Barrett esophagus does not usually cause any noticeable symptoms (asymptomatic). The disorder is considered a premalignant condition and affected individuals are at an increased risk (although their overall risk remains low) of developing cancer (adenocarcinoma) of the esophagus. Barrett esophagus usually occurs more often in individuals with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), a condition characterized by backflow (regurgitation) of the contents of stomach into the esophagus. The exact reason these tissue changes occur in Barrett esophagus is unknown.

Resources

Digestive Disease National Coalition
507 Capitol Court, NE
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202)544-7497
Fax: (202)546-7105
Email: ddnc@hmcw.org
Internet: http://www.ddnc.org

NIH/National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)907-8906
Tel: (800)891-5389
Email: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
P.O. Box 170864
Milwaukee, WI 53217
USA
Tel: (414)964-1799
Fax: (414)964-7176
Tel: (888)964-2001
Email: iffgd@iffgd.org
Internet: http://www.iffgd.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 55071 #15530
Boston, MA 02205-5071
Tel: (607)257-1141
Fax: (607)255-0349
Tel: (800)601-0613
Email: aschoener@ecaware.org
Internet: http://www.ecaware.org/

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