Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder in which stomach’s contents flow back into the esophagus, a condition that can cause injury to the esophageal lining. Over time, this damage can result in inflammation and genetic changes that cause abnormal cell development. The esophageal tissue takes on a different appearance, a condition called intestinal metaplasia or Barrett’s esophagus.
Barrett’s esophagus increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Patients with Barrett’s esophagus should undergo periodic endoscopic evaluation and biopsy for dysplasia, a complicated condition which places them at an even higher risk for esophageal cancer.
Some patients with dysplasia may be candidates for an endoscopic procedure called ablation to remove the disease tissue. BARRX is a procedure performed during upper endoscopy to ablate — or coagulate — abnormal Barrett’s tissue by heating it until it is no longer viable or alive.
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