When the tissue lining the esophagus changes to more resemble the type of tissue found in the lining of the small intestine, the diagnosis is Barrett’s Esophagus. The change in tissue occurs at the base of the esophagus, near the juncture with the stomach. The condition is more common in people who have chronic inflammation of the esophagus from long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
A small percentage of Barrett’s Esophagus patients have precancerous changes develop. If left untreated these changes can become esophageal cancer. If you have been diagnosed with GERD for a long period of time and are over 50 your should speak to your physician at ADH about screening.