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Treatments

  • Diet modifications

    You should avoid alcohol and spicy, fatty, fried, or acidic foods, including chocolate, citrus fruit, caffeine, and tomato products. You should also eat smaller meals and not eat close to bedtime.

  • Lifestyle modifications

    If you currently smoke, you should quit smoking. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Raise the head of your bed six inches, so you don’t lie flat.

  • Oral medications

    Your GI doctor may prescribe an oral (by mouth) medication that can reduce the amount of acid produced by your stomach.

  • Surgery

    In more advanced cases of Barrett’s esophagus disease, your GI doctor may need to perform surgery to remove damaged tissue or a section of your esophagus.

  • Dilation procedure

    Your GI doctor will gently stretch and expand the opening of your esophagus to help reduce your GERD symptoms.

     

     

Tests

  • Physical exam

    We can diagnose your Barrett’s esophagus disease through a complete physical exam and review of your health history.

  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy

    Your doctor uses a thin, lighted tube that has a camera on one end (endoscope) to carefully examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

  • Endoscopic ultrasound

    This test uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your digestive tract. These images can help your GI doctor determine if you have Barrett’s esophagus.

  • Biopsy

    We may take a small tissue sample (biopsy) of your esophagus lining for analysis in our laboratory. This can help us determine if these cells have morphed into abnormal cells, a sign of Barrett’s esophagus disease.