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    Barrett’s esophagus is a complication in the esophagus from a reflux disease predisposing patients to esophageal adenocarcinoma. Esophageal adenocarcinoma is a tumor in the esophagus that has increased up more than 7-fold over the past few decades. Since there has been such a significant increase in esophageal adenocarcinoma, the topic of endoscopic screening and surveillance for GERD and Barrett’s esophagus is being heavily debated. Barrett’s esophagus is a result of chronic gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. GERD is a condition that occurs when a backflow of stomach contents, such as acidic fluid, flows back up through the esophagus. Esophageal complications from GERD lead to: reflux esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and…

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    salivary glands, pharynx, the esophagus, the stomach, and duodenum. Each of these structures assists in the digestive functions of the body. The oral cavity is where mechanical digestion begins. Salivary glands secrete saliva to create a bolus. The bolus is then swallowed, moving through the pharynx to the stomach. In the stomach the bolus is mixed with digestive enzymes, acid, and mucin to create chyme. The chyme then moves from the stomach to the duodenum. It then makes its way through…

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    Description and Prevalence Esophagus is part of the gastrointestinal (GI) system located in the upper body, posterior to the trachea (Huether and McCance, 2012). The esophagus consists of four layers (from outermost to innermost layer): adventitia, musculairis propria, submucosa and mucosa. The submucosa and the mucosa layers are very important because they are the common sites for cancer development. The submucosa layer contains gland cells that produce mucus for lubrication and aiding the…

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    I have chosen to write about gastroesophageal reflux disease which is also known as GERD. This disease is common in the United States and study has shown that there are over three million cases every year (MayoClinic). Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and reflux means to return or back flow. The return of the stomachs contents back up into the esophagus which is why it's called gastroesophageal reflux. GERD is located at the end of the esophagus where it becomes inflamed. The inflammation…

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    Slow or absent esophageal peristalsis may not carry the bolus through the esophagus in an efficient and complete manner, causing discomfort or pain in the chest and leaving residue on the esophageal walls that may result in infection. In some patients, the lower esophageal sphincter does not sufficiently relax to allow the food in the esophagus to flow into the stomach, resulting in achalasia. Gastroenterologists are the medical professionals who treat esophageal…

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    GERD: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is most commonly known as “heartburn”. It refers to the back flow of gastric or duodenal contents or both into the esophagus and past the lower esophageal sphincter, without associated belching or vomiting. The reflux of gastric contents causes acute epigastric pain, usually after a meal. Common causes are: food, alcohol, or cigarettes, hiatal hernia, increased abdominal pressure (such as with obesity or pregnancy), medications, nasogastric intubation for…

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    of the stomach are brought back up the esophagus and can lead to a variety of symptoms and discomfort that can be mild to severe (1). It is also something that everyone has experienced to some degree. Anytime someone burps, has an acid taste in their mouth, or heartburn, he or she is experiencing symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. There is no reason to be concerned unless these symptoms begin happening more frequently, as often as daily (2). In this case, there are several…

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    others. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Some signs and symptoms include a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), chest pain, difficulty swallowing, dry cough, sore throat, and/or a lump in your throat. If you have any of the following please contact your doctor as soon as possible. The diagnosis is based on your symptoms, a test used to monitor the amount…

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    Carolinas Weight Management and Wellness Center “The Journey to Good Health Begins Here” It started with the diagnosis of Barrett’s esophagus, the journey to understanding its cause, and attaining a logical solution to stopping its progression. Carolinas Weight Management and Wellness Center was the open door for my journey to good health. When I was younger, I didn’t have three meals a day. I was glad if I had two meals in one day. This was the result of my mom being a single parent…

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    Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) naturally occurs in healthy patients less than 3three times per daydaily when contents enter the esophagus with or without regurgitation. However, gastroesophageal reglux disease (GERD) is reflux with the presence of bothersome or harmful symptoms and complications1. In pediatric patients, symptoms include regurgitation or spitting up, poor weight gain or weight loss, irritability, dysphasia, stridor, cough, hoarseness, hematemesis, and chest pain indicating…

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