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Barrett’s Esophagus – Recognizing the Symptoms

Barrett’s esophagus is a common condition encountered by gastroenterologists in San Antonio. With Barrett’s esophagus, the lining of the lower esophagus changes over time and starts to look like small intestine instead of esophagus. A normal esophagus lining should have a pink and shiny color. The lining of the small intestines, and of Barrett’s, looks red and velvety. The problem with this transformation in the lower esophagus is that Barrett’s is a precancerous condition, and if left untreated could transform into cancer. According to the NIH, men are twice as likely to develop Barrett’s esophagus as women.

To get a better understanding of Barrett’s esophagus, first we should discuss gastroesophageal reflux disease, or

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:53+00:00June 16th, 2017|Acid Reflux|Comments Off on Barrett’s Esophagus – Recognizing the Symptoms

GERD and Reflux Management Tips

With the last week of November being designated as national GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) awareness week (who comes up with this stuff?), I wanted to provide a little additional information on this all too common problem.  Since many of us experience reflux around the holidays I thought it was important to go over this topic and give some tips to manage the symptoms.

What is REFLUX?

Reflux means flow of gastric fluid from the stomach backward into the esophagus.  This can be reflux of acid or just gastric juice and bile.  If the valve at the bottom of the esophagus (lower esophageal sphincter) that normally prevents this reflux

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:54+00:00November 29th, 2015|Acid Reflux|Comments Off on GERD and Reflux Management Tips

Do I have GERD?

This is a question I get asked a lot by my San Antonio, TX patients.  Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic condition that most people experience at some point in their life.  One of the problems with reflux is that it can manifest in many different ways.  I get reflux on occasion.  For me it is usually during exercise, after a big meal or with alcohol.  I also get it during most Husker football games. The triggers are different for different people.

Symptoms of reflux vary.  As noted by the National Institute of Digestive Diseases

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By |2018-01-31T01:21:57+00:00September 18th, 2013|Acid Reflux|2 Comments