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Barrett’s Esophagus disorder explained in simple terms.

By Natural heartburn home remedies | April 21, 2010

Barrett’s Esophagus disorder.

Most people are unaware of the damage acid reflux can cause when it leaks back into the digestive tube.

To give an example, just one drop of acid stomach would eat right through a piece of wood.

The primary cause of acid baking up into the digestive tube, is due to a malfunction of the sphincter muscle.
Commonly called the muscle ring, the sphincter is a muscle located at the entrance of the stomach that opens up to let food pass and closes once the food is in the stomach.
Afterwards the acid in the stomach breaks down the food for digestive purposes.
When the sphincter doesn’t close properly, acid backs up in the digestive tube causing heartburn sensation.

When acid from the stomach backs up frequently over time, the lining of the digestive tube gets damages, causing a disorder referred to as Barrett’s Esophagus.

Studies reveal Barrett’s Esophagus affects 3 times more mean than women.

The appearance of Barrett’s esophagus can only be identified by a physician when probing the inside of the esophagus (digestive tube) with a long flexible tube taking images.

This examination is refereed to as an endoscopy.

During the process, the patient is given a sedative.

The doctor performing the test, inserts a flexible tube from the mouth down to the stomach.

A miniature camera is incorporated at the end of the flexible tube enabling the doctor to visualize the images on a view screen.

An endoscopy examination usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. The examination process is painless, but could be a little uncomfortable.

The risk of having cancer when diagnose with Barrett’s Esophagus is less than 1%.

Still, if the patient is diagnosed with Barett’s esophagus a biopsy is required to determine the presence of precancerous cells
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It is highly recommended for a patient diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, to be check regularly by a doctor (gastroenterologis) .

Routine examinations should be done at least once every year.

Symptoms related to Barrett’s esophagus are similar to heartburns.

1- if you regularly suffer from chest pains, heartburns or upset stomach, you should seek immediate medical attention.

2- If you are having difficulty swallowing, having bloody stools or vomiting red or brown blood, you should consult immediately with your doctor.

In these comprehensive videos, you will learn more about Barrett’s esophagus treatments and the procedures doctors take to prevent the development of esophagus cancer.

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