Barrett’s esophagus is the condition in which the cells lining the esophagus change abnormally, increasing the risk of cancer. The condition is caused by the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus common to those who suffer from gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The acid and enzymes that leak into the esophagus injure the lining, resulting in symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pain. Over time, the cells genetically mutate and change into intestinal tissue. To protect their long term health, patients with GERD should undergo testing for Barrett’s esophagus.
Dr Papageorgiou performs gastroscopy and other procedures to diagnose Barrett’s esophagus and provides specialized patient care for this particular esophageal disorder.