Barrett’s Esophagus Symptoms

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 12/14/2011

Barrett’s esophagus does not cause any symptoms, clearly speaking the symptoms of acid reflux (heartburn) vanices on development of Barrett’s esophagus.

There is not having any specific symptoms that are particular about Barrett's esophagus. The symptoms are usually same as the symptoms of chronic GERD.

Most common Barrett’s esophagus symptoms

  • Frequent heartburn for months to years
  • o    Heartburn increased by bending, lying down, or after eating
  • o    Worse during the night
  • o    Relieved by taking antacids
  • Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
  • Vomiting blood (hematemesis)
  • Chest pain under the breastbone, particularly during swallowing
  • Weight loss – may be due to painful swallowing

Fewer common symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus

  • Regurgitation (food reflux from the stomach to mouth)
  • Cough or wheezing
  • Hiccups (involuntary twitching of the diaphragm that repeats several times a minute causing a "hic" sound)
  • Hoarseness (Voice changes to rough or husky)
  • Sore throat and mouth

Barrett's esophagus itself does not cause symptoms. The acid reflux that causes Barrett's esophagus often leads to symptoms. However, many patients with this condition who do not have GERD also do not have any symptoms.