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Who is at risk for Barrett's esophagus?

Patricia Raymond, MD
Gastroenterology
All chronic refluxers risk Barrett’s esophagus. Higher risks include those who are Caucasian, male, over 50, smokers, and those with reflux more than 10 years. Gastroenterologists advise a once lifetime upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) to seek Barrett’s in those with chronic reflux; it is a visual diagnosis of salmon pink tissue extending up the pallid pink esophagus.

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