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Barrett's syndrome [bar´ets]
of the lower esophagus, often with stricture, due to the presence of columnar-lined epithelium in the esophagus, sometimes containing functional mucous cells, parietal cells, or chief cells, instead of the normal squamous cell epithelium. It is sometimes premalignant, followed by esophageal adenocarcinoma.
Etymology: Norman R. Barrett, English surgeon, 1903-1979
Also called Barrett's esophagus or Barrett's epithelia, this is a condition where the squamous epithelial cells that normally line the esophagus are replaced by thicker columnar epithelial cells.
Patient discussion about Barrett's syndrome
Q. Cn barret esophagous be cured?
I was diagnosed with barretts esophagus several years ago, and so far keeps on the routine follow up. I met some other guy with same condition and he told after his doctor prescribed him with some anti-reflux meds, in the last endoscopy they found normal esophagus, and that he thinks he's now cured. Is that possible?
A. Anti-reflux treatment may lower the risk of cancer a little, but it won't cure it, so there's still a need for refular follow-up.More discussions about Barrett's syndrome