Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which cells normally found in the small intestine are displaced and begin to migrate into the esophagus. This occurs secondary to acid reflux or GERD. The significance of this condition is that there is a potential for the development of esophageal cancer (0.5% per year). Thus, regular screening (EGD w/ biopsies) is required in patients who are diagnosed w/ Barrett’s esophagus.