Barrett’s oesophagus (named after surgeon Norman Barrett) is an abnormal internal lining of the oesophagus (food pipe). A patient may become aware of this diagnosis after undergoing an endoscopy. It is thought to be due to reflux disease and may be found during an endoscopy undertaken for persistent reflux symptoms. It can be present without symptoms (‘silent’ reflux).
The lining has an increased risk of turning into oesophageal cancer, which although uncommon is of increasing incidence in our society. Management is usually by way of medication and future surveillance endoscopies. Sometimes, abnormal areas (ulcers or lumps) within the abnormal lining need specialised endoscopic removal techniques to be performed to exclude more worrying progression of the Barrett’s oesophagus.
Dr. Le Page has undertaken around a 1000 procedures for endoscopy and is accredited by GESA (Gastroenterology Association of Australia) to perform it. He audits his outcomes to ensure the highest standard of care. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.