Medical Dictionary: Barrett's Esophagitis


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Barrett's Esophagitis: Another name for Barrett's esophagus.
Barrett's Esophagitis (condition): Damage to the cells lining the esophagus

Barrett's Esophagitis: Barrett's esophagus is a condition that develops in some people who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis). In Barrett's esophagus, the normal cells that line the esophagus, called squamous cells, turn into a type of cell not usually found in humans, called specialized columnar cells. Damage to the lining of the esophagus--for example, by acid reflux from GERD--causes these abnormal changes. 1

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1. excerpt from Barrett's Esophagus: NIDDK

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