What causes Barrett’s Oesophagus?

Barrett’s Oesophagus occurs due to chronic inflammation of the oesophagus. It is thought that the principal cause of the chronic inflammation is GERD. About 10-15% of people with chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett’s Oesophagus which is considered to be a premalignant condition as it is associated with an increased risk of oesophageal cancer. If you suffer from Barrett’s Oesophagus please see CAUSES OF STOMACH PROBLEMS and the effects of bad digestion.

Barrett’s Oesophagus signs and symptoms

Individuals with Barrett’s Oesophagus have more severe GERD, the symptoms may include:

  • burning sensation behind the breastbone or in the pit of the stomach that may extend all the way up to the throat
  • chest pain
  • heartburn
  • sore throat
  • regurgitation or “backup” of bitter tasting fluid
  • nausea

Not all Barrett’s Oesophagus sufferers have marked symptoms of GERD, and some patients are detected accidentally with minimal or no symptoms of GERD.

The refluxed, regurgitated fluid may occasionally enter the lungs or the voice box, resulting in what are called extraesophageal symptoms of GERD. These symptoms include:

  • onset of adult asthma
  • frequent bronchitis
  • chronic cough
  • sore throats
  • hoarseness

The symptoms indicated are also symptoms of other serious health issues. If symptoms persist please consult your healthcare professional.

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