Barrett's Esophagus is a serious complication of prolonged and persistent acid reflux disease in which cells in the lower esophagus begin to mutate and become precancerous. Barrett's Esophagus occurs in about 10 percent of acid reflux patients and is one of the most rapidly growing causes of esophageal cancer in North America. To date, no treatment can reverse the cellular damage done by Barrett's Esophagus.
Q: I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus a few years ago and have been feeling great on Prilosec without any heartburn. My internist suggested I have another endoscopy. Is it really necessary? A: Barrett's esophagus is a condition of the esophagus in which the cells lining the esophagus transform from a pink, squamous cell to a…