Do I have Barrett’s Oesophagus?
What is Barrett’s Oesophagus?
Barrett's Oesophagus refers to a condition that is caused by reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus (GORD).
The acid can injure the lining of the oesophagus causing ulceration. As the tissue tries to heal, the cells undergo a change (metaplasia). Instead of looking like normal oesophagus lining, they resemble the lining of the small bowel or stomach.
The normal lining of the oesophagus is “white” when viewed with a gastroscope. The lining of the stomach / small bowel is red. Where the oesophagus and stomach meet, a distinct line of “white meets red” is seen – the “Z” line.
When Barrett’s change occurs, there is an extension of “red” tissue upward along the oesophagus and the Z line becomes irregular. Biopsies reveal cells that look more like small bowel than oesophagus. This confirms a diagnosis of Barretts.
If you are concerned about Barrett’s Oesophagus or have symptoms that you think may be related to Barrett’s Oesophagus, we would be happy to help.