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