Barrett esophagus

Barrett's esophagus; GERD - Barrett; Reflux - Barrett

Barrett esophagus (BE) is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid. The esophagus is also called the food pipe or swallowing tube.

People with BE have an increased risk for cancer in the area involved. However, cancer is not common.

Digestive system

The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.

Esophagus and stomach anatomy

Food is swallowed and passes through the esophagus to the stomach, where the majority of digestion takes place.

Causes

Symptoms

Exams and Tests

Treatment

Outlook (Prognosis)

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention