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Barrett’s Oesophagus and Dysphagia

24 May 2017

Barrett’s Oesophagus is a condition we heard about whilst listening to the UK’s BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show. As it can induce dysphagia in some sufferers we have collected some information and useful links

Barrett’s Oesophagus It is a condition where the cells of the oesophagus (gullet) grow abnormally.  Its two main causes are acid reflux and GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease). Acid reflux is when stomach acid splashes back into the oesophagus. GORD is when the acid irritates and inflames the oesophagus. Around 1 in 10 people with acid reflux (10%) will go on to develop Barrett’s oesophagus.

The most common symptoms are ongoing heartburn, indigestion and in some – dysphagia.

To find out more you can listen to the Jeremy Vine Show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pvpdj

Once you have found it, move the timeline to start at 1:09:55. The discussion ends at 1:35:00.

Other useful links are:

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/diagnosing/causes-and-risk-factors/pre-cancerous-conditions/barretts-oesophagus.html

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/barretts-esophagus-symptoms-causes-and-treatments#1

https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/b/barretts-oesophagus


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