The esophagus is a 25 cms tube that connects the throat to the stomach and is the food pipe that lies behind the wind pipe. It consists of muscles lined on the inside by particular type of cells.
Norman Barrett, a British surgeon first described this condition, hence it is named after him. Following Barrett’s esophagus, some cells could show precancerous changes. This stage is called low-grade dysplasia. It could further progress to high-grade dysplasia and cancer.
The exact extent of the disease in the general population is not known since very few studies have been conducted on this topic. From the available information, it is estimated that the disease is less common in Asians than in the Western population.
The rate of patients with Barrett’s esophagus developing cancer is less than 1% per year. Despite this, it is necessary to detect it since esophageal cancer is very difficult to treat once it develops.
Latest Publications and Research on Barrett’s EsophagusRecent developments in esophageal adenocarcinoma. - Published by PubMed
Cause-Specific Mortality of People with Barrett's Esophagus Compared to the General Population: a Population-Based Cohort Study. - Published by PubMed
Controlled swine bile duct ablation with a bipolar radiofrequency catheter. - Published by PubMed
Challenges in the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants and children. - Published by PubMed
Meat consumption and the risk of Barrett's esophagus in a large Dutch cohort. - Published by PubMed