Barrett's Esophagus

The information provided here is aimed to help patients, family members, physicians, and others better understand Barrett's esophagus. Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus changes from its normal type to a type that is usually found in the intestines. Patients with Barrett's esophagus have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. However, this progression occurs in a step-wise fashion, such that precancerous changes can be detected and treated early. This website will walk you through how Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer are diagnosed and treated.

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Getting a second opinion on your pathology diagnosis can clarify or even change a diagnosis. This can affect prognosis as well as therapy, and adds important data that contributes to a larger cause: making sure every diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus or esophageal cancer, everywhere, is as accurate as possible.

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Your pathologist will use slides to look for esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, dysplasia, and esophageal cancer.

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Diagnosing and treating Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer is truly a multidisciplinary team effort. The BE Pathology Service is one integral part of the comprehensive, patient-centered team approach at Johns Hopkins.

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A Personal Story

Jim's Journey with Esophageal Cancer - Written by his wife, Carolyn, a registered nurse with a Master's Degree in Public Health.


of patients with GERD have Barrett's esophagus

~55 yrs

is the average age at which patients are diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus


is the annual risk of developing esophageal cancer with non-dysplastic Barrett's esophagus