Health Tip: Watch For Barrett's Esophagus01/31/11
(HealthDay News) -- Barrett's esophagus may occur as a
complication of gastroesphageal reflux disease (indigestion). When
stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, it can cause changes in
the esophageal lining, triggering Barrett's esophagus. In some
cases, it can lead to cancer.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says these warning
signs could indicate Barrett's esophagus:
- Having three or more instances of heartburn per week.
- Having heartburn over a number of years.
- Difficulty or painful swallowing.
- Losing weight without trying.
- Bloody or very dark stools.
- Unexplained vomiting.
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