Many individuals with Barrett’s esophagus do not experience any symptoms. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor about screening for this syndrome if you have experienced and treated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn or acid reflux for more than 5 years.
Symptoms of GERD include:
- Frequent heartburn – Individuals with GERD often experience heartburn 3 to 5 times a week.
- Difficulty swallowing – The build-up of acid in the esophagus can make it difficult to swallow. Be sure to seek immediate attention if you become unable to swallow food or liquids.
- Dry cough – Coughing is another common symptom of GERD and is the body’s attempt to clear acid from the esophagus.
- Chest pain – Although less common, some individuals can have chest pain.
- Asthma symptoms – Occasionally, GERD can trigger asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
Treatment for Barrett’s esophagus depends on the severity of GERD symptoms.
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