Barrett's esophagus develops in some people who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease or esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus). It is believed that damage to the lining of the esophagus, caused by these conditions, causes these abnormal cell changes.
People who have had long-standing heartburn are at risk for Barrett's esophagus and should discuss this with their physician.
The following are the most common symptoms of Barrett's esophagus. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- waking in the night because of heartburn pain
- difficulty in swallowing
- blood in vomit or stool
The symptoms of Barrett's esophagus may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.