What happens when the cells in your esophagus morph into different cells imitating those in the intestinal lining? Though it may sound like a weird science-fiction film, what we’re talking about is a very real condition called Barrett’s Esophagus. Learn more about the condition, treatment options, and how it’s associated with GERD:
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You may have heard someone refer to “Barrett’s Esophagus” at some point in your life, but believe it or not they weren’t talking about their cousin’s internal physiology. Barrett’s Esophagus is actually a medical condition. It’s a serious complication of GERD that can result in patients, causing the normal tissue lining of their esophagus to change to tissue that resembles the lining of the intestine.
Although having GERD makes you a candidate for Barrett’s esophagus, it only occurs in a small number of patients. Approximately 10% of people who suffer from chronic symptoms of GERD will develop Barrett’s esophagus over their lifetime.