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Barrett's esophagus

Posted by Sean on November 06, 1998 at 08:44:28:

My father has been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. What is it and can anything be done to correct or improve his condition?

Sean


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Re: Barrett's esophagus

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on November 06, 1998 at 09:33:58:

In Reply to: Barrett's esophagus posted by Sean on November 06, 1998 at 08:44:28:

If you are talking about Barrett's metaplasia.
It's a premalignant metaplastic condition that many people with chronic GERD develope. Learn about GERD so you can correct the underlying cause of the cause. Cut out ALL tobacco and alcohol.

The fear with Barrett's metaplasia is that these cell changes will become malignant, or whatever tumor it becomes may grow to the point that it causes dysphagia(difficulty in swallowing). Leiomyoma is the most common benign esophageal tumor and has an excellent prognosis.

Sorry that I don't have better news for you. Be Well.


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Re: Barrett's esophagus

Posted by Sean on November 06, 1998 at 09:46:21:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's esophagus posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on November 06, 1998 at 09:33:58:

Thank you Dave. My dad just called last night with the news, so I'm not sure what the medical term is. Thank goodness he has never smoked and only drinks minimally on special occasions. I'm already reading through the archives on GERD. He's been treating symptoms for two years, but has had heartburn for most of his life (72). It was his difficulty in swallowing and dry-throat feeling that prompted the tests. We'll continue seeking information and praying. Dad, thankfully, is a fighter and willing to try anything.

Thank again,
Sean



Re: Barrett's esophagus

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 07, 1998 at 09:15:02:

In Reply to: Barrett's esophagus posted by Sean on November 06, 1998 at 08:44:28:

Dear Sean,

We MDs delight in naming things. When people start understanding one term we make up another--for the same thing. Barrett's Esophagitis is so close to simple GERD as to be indistinguishable from it.

As a matter of fact your dad had to have GERD before he could get BE. Gerd has been discussed many times right here on this BB. You can find what causes it & what he should do to get temporary relief AND final resolution by going to the archives (and the references mentioned therein).

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.

Once you dad sees the relief from the Ginger Root Juice, he will likely be more amenable to learning WHY he has it & doing something about that.

Since BE has progressed to actually having little nests of acid producing cells above the gastroesophageal valve, it is going to take him a little longer than most to get rid of his symptoms.

Walt




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Thanks Walt

Posted by Sean on November 07, 1998 at 12:04:43:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's esophagus posted by Walt Stoll on November 07, 1998 at 09:15:02:

Dad started the GRJ this morning. He said the burning was tolerable. He plans to do it again tonight and tomorrow night in addition to mornings just to get a "jump start". Thanks so much; we'll keep you posted on his progress.

Sean



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