Barrett syndrome

  • Condition in which changes occur in the tissue of the esophagus due to long-term
  • exposure to stomach acid
  • Symptoms may include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and chest or middle upper
  • abdominal pain
  • Cause most often due to complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age and elderly
  • May be mild to severe
  • Can progress to cancer of the esophagus if left untreated

  • Maintain appropriate weight
  • Avoid bending down except to tie your shoes
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Wear loose fitting clothes around your waist

 

FOR ACID REFLUX

  • Avoid trigger foods, such as spicy, acidic and fatty foods
  • Stay upright for at least 30 minutes after meals
  • Sleep with the head of your bed raised
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Antacids

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