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Wine and Barrett’s Esophagus

ID-10052469Barrett’s esophagus is a condition of esophagus in which condition the normal epithelial lining of the esophagus is replaced by abnormal cells generally due to reflux (known as chronic GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disease) of the stomach contents (mainly gastric acid and bile) to the esophagus. Some patients with reflux of the stomach contents to the esophagus may develop ulcer and due to ulcer the esophagus may become narrow and rarely some patients may develop esophageal cancer.

Wine seems to reduce and protect from development of Barrett’s esophagus, so is higher educational status (although the reason is not clear but thought to be related to wine drinking and college degree). Studies in US (California) involving patients with diagnosed Barrett’s esophagus found that the patients with Barrett’s esophagus had a 30 fold to 125 fold increased risk of developing esophageal cancer when compared to the general population. Read more…

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