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Division of General Surgery

Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the cells of the lower esophagus become damaged, usually from repeated exposure to stomach acid and other stomach contents. A diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus can be concerning because it increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. The risk is small, and monitoring of Barrett's esophagus focuses on periodic endoscopic exams to find precancerous cells. If precancerous cells are discovered, they can be treated to prevent esophageal cancer.
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