Barrett's esophagus is a condition that affects the lining of the esophagus and usually occurs in people with significant acid reflux (GERD). This condition affects the lining of the esophagus, the swallowing tube that carries foods and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Barrett's esophagus is caused by injury to the esophagus from the chronic backwash of stomach contents (like acid and enzymes) that occurs with acid reflux.
Barrett’s esophagus is best diagnosed by endoscopy, a non-surgical procedure requiring only moderate sedation.
What can be done to reduce the risk of Barrett’s esophagus?
Treatment of GERD is the best method of preventing Barrett’s or to help reduce Barrett’s progression. Regular endoscopies will allow your doctor to monitor for progression to dysplasia.
In the event of advancing dysplasia, nonsurgical treatment is now available to remove Barrett’s lining using special technology, known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA is a safe endoscopic procedure to remove the Barrett’s cell layer. As the esophagus heals, healthy squamous cells replace the Barrett’s helping to prevent progression toward cancer.
The board-certified gastroenterologists at PA GI are qualified to perform the Barrx RFA therapy.