I wanted to share an interesting article on celiac disease that was presented recently in the Well Blog section of the NY Times. I felt it raised a few very important points regarding celiac sprue, namely: 1. The disease tends to run in families and first..Read More...
With Barrett’s esophagus, the tissue lining the lower esophagus (the tube that transports food from the throat to the stomach) becomes damaged. The condition is usually caused by chronic regurgitation of stomach acid, also know as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
Because Barrett’s esophagus is linked to increased risk for developing esophageal cancer, routine monitoring is normally conducted to find precancerous or cancerous cells early. Early detection is vital to survival. The condition is more prevalent in men, and while symptoms often mimic those of acid reflux, many patients have no symptoms at all.
New Jersey gastroenterologist Dr. Howard N. Guss has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Barrett’s esophagus, and was one of the first gastroenterologists in the state to provide Barrx Halo ablation, a new advanced therapy for Barrett’s esophagus. Barrx is highly recommended by the American Gastroenterological Association and uses radiofrequency energy to safely remove or destroy abnormal esophageal tissue, while minimizing injury to surrounding healthy tissue. The procedure is performed under anesthesia and delivers a controlled amount of energy to the esophagus via a catheter—an endoscope-mounted catheter to treat small areas of Barrett’s disease, and a balloon-mounted catheter for large areas.
Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus:
- Those related to GERD
Treatments of Barrett’s Esophagus:
- Routine monitoring
- Avoiding dietary fats, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
- Losing weight
- Sleeping with the head elevated
- Medications (proton pump inhibitors such as Dexilant or Nexium, antacids, histamine H2 receptor blockers, promotility agents)
- Endoscopy – Upper Endoscopy
- Photodynamic therapy
- Barrx radiofrequency ablation
- Surgery to remove abnormal lining
Barretts Esophagus is a change in the lining of the esophagus or food pipe thought to be caused from chronic acid refluxing into the esophagus from the stomach (GERD or acid reflux). The change in cellular structure is also known as Intestinal Metaplasia of the..Read More...
Recently, I ran into Bernice Hettesheimer at Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Endoscopy section. For those of you who don’t know her, Bernice is a retired endoscopy nurse who now runs the Jersey Shore Celiac Support Group. She writes about the Top 10 Reasons to..Read More...