What is Barrett’s Esophagus?

Barrett’s esophagus is a unique tissue condition. It occurs when there’s esophagus lining damage from constant acid reflux. As a result, the tissue in your esophagus gets replaced with intestinal lining tissue. Small percentages of people with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) develop the condition.

What Are The Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus?

There are no symptoms from the tissue changes that occur from Barrett’s Esophagus. Symptoms people do feel are in connection with their GERD such as:

  • Heartburn occurring frequently
  • Difficulty eating and swallowing food<
  • Regurgitation
  • Chest Pain

Once again, if you experience any of these symptoms, see the doctor right away. Early detection is crucial for the prevention of more significant diseases. If the condition progresses unchecked, further damage or risks can occur. Such as an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Risk Factors

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, our chances of developing Barrett’s Esophagus increase with the following:

  • Heartburn and acid reflux- that doesn’t get better with medication.
  • Older Age – the disease can occur at any age but is more common in older adults
  • Being male – the disease affects men twice as often as women. 
  • Being caucasian
  • Obesity, overweight
  • Smoking, current or past use

Ideal Candidates

Patients will meet with Dr. Tabib for a comprehensive consultation. During the appointment, Dr. Tabib will perform an upper endoscopy of the esophagus. This test helps to identify and diagnose the condition. From this exam, the doctor can assess the current state of the esophagus. As a result, we will be able to see if the esophagus lining has changed. Dr. Tabib will then take a sample of the esophagus. This sample will be used to diagnose the current lining condition. The doctor will also be searching for any precancerous or cancerous cells in the sample. Dr. Tabib will also discuss the patient’s symptoms, questions, and concerns. Finally, Dr. Tabib will create a custom treatment plan that will best suit the patient’s condition.


Treatment will vary based on the severity of the patient’s condition and Dr. Tabib’s expert opinion. Currently, there is no cure, but this condition can be regulated with a variety of treatments. The acid-suppressing medication most commonly treats Barrett’s esophagus. This condition may also be treated with various endoscopic ablative therapies. Patients may also undergo an esophagectomy — a procedure done to remove the damaged areas of the esophagus.

Today, gastroenterology conditions can be treated effectively. We provide everyone a personalized gastroenterology treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs and improve your quality of life.

Contact our gastroenterology and hepatology center to schedule a consultation. Get treatment with Los Angeles’ preferred Gastroenterologist– Dr. Tabib.

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Siamak Tabib, M.D., Inc.
8631 W 3rd St Suite 1015E,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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