Barrett esophagus (BE) is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid. The esophagus is also called the food pipe or swallowing tube.
People with BE have an increased risk for cancer in the area involved. However, cancer is not common.
Barrett's esophagus; GERD - Barrett; Reflux - Barrett
When you eat, food passes from your throat to your stomach through the esophagus. The esophagus is also called the food pipe or swallowing tube. A ring of muscle fibers in the lower esophagus keeps stomach contents from moving backward.
If these muscles do not close tightly, harsh stomach acid can leak into the esophagus. This is called reflux or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). It may cause tissue damage over time. The lining becomes similar to that of the stomach.
BE occurs more often in men than women. People who have had GERD for a long time are more likely to have this condition.