Esophagus: Barretts esophagus

This article was last reviewed on May 3, 2019 by Shaheed Hakim, MD FRCPC Quick facts: Barretts esophagus is a non-cancerous condition where some of the cells that cover the inside of the esophagus have changed to look like the cells that normally cover the inside of the small bowel (the duodenum). Barretts esophagus is …
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Esophagus: Adenocarcinoma

This article was last reviewed by Jason  Wasserman, MD PhD FRCPC on November 22, 2019. Quick facts: Adenocarcinoma is a type of esophageal cancer. Adenocarcinoma starts on the inside of the esophagus close to the stomach. Adenocarcinoma is associated with a pre-cancerous disease called Barretts esophagus. Many patients also have a long history of acid reflux …
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What does intestinal metaplasia mean?

Intestinal metaplasia is a non-cancerous change that happens when the cells normally found in a tissue are damaged and are replaced by cells normally found in the small intestine (small bowel). Although intestinal metaplasia is a non-cancerous change, in some areas of the body it is associated with a small risk of developing cancer in …
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