Category Archives: Barrett’s Esophagus FAQs

What Are the Risks of Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition where the lining of the esophagus is replaced with tissue cells like those in the intestine. However there are no known symptoms or problems directly associated with having Barrett’s Esophagus. So you may be asking yourself what’s the point of knowing what is it and why should you care if you have it? Why bother trying to prevent it? What Is Barrett’s Esophagus Caused By? Unfortunately there is no hard medical evidence that proves exactly what causes Barrett’s Esophagus. About 1% of […]

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Hiatal Hernia Signs and Symptoms

When the upper part of the stomach pokes through the esophageal hiatus, because of a weakness in its muscles, hiatal hernia occurs. The esophageal hiatus is the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus enters the abdominal cavity. At the esophagus’ end there is the lower esophageal sphincter which has the role of a valve – it only allows food to travel one-way. There is also a second valve, which is the esophageal hiatus. The two valves are synchronized so that food from the stomach does […]

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Complications Arising from Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux or Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up or refluxes into the esophagus. The liquid can inflame and damage the lining of the esophagus. This regurgitated liquid mainly contains acid and pepsin, both being produced by the stomach. It may also contain bile. Amongst all the contents of the liquid, acid is the most harmful. Once GERD starts, it stays for life-long. GERD is a chronic condition and the treatment has to continue indefinitely. The […]

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