Barrett’s Esophagus Screening and Treatment Offered by Doctors at Mercy

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore

At The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease at Mercy, Dr. Patrick Hyatt and Dr. Scott Huber are proud to offer innovative treatment options for Barrett’s esophagus. Patients from the Baltimore Metropolitan region turn to Mercy's doctors for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of esophagus disorders, including Barrett’s esophagus, achalasia, and esophageal cancer.

About the Condition

Barrett’s esophagus is caused by chronic acid reflux, the same factor that causes GERD, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. With Barrett’s esophagus, the reflux damages and changes the consistency of the esophagus lining. Normally, the esophagus contains flat cells. However, if these cells become damaged, the cells that lie deep in the esophagus lining have the potential, during the healing process, to transform themselves into different shapes and take on different functions. These cells often become cube shaped, which are the same kind found in the intestines. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

The most common symptom of Barrett’s esophagus is chronic heartburn. Barrett’s esophagus screening and routine surveillance procedures, such as chromoendoscopy, are recommended since Barrett’s esophagus is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus can be diagnosed by performing an endoscopic mucosal resection or an upper endoscopy followed by a biopsy of the esophagus.

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Treatment Options

An innovative and effective treatment option for Barrett’s esophagus is radiofrequency ablation. In addition, narrow band imaging can be used for targeted biopsies when Barrett’s esophagus is diagnosed.

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