Barrett Esophagus Clinical Presentation

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Mark H Johnston, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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History and Physical Examination


The classic history for a patient with Barrett esophagus is a middle-aged (55 y) white man with a chronic history of gastroesophageal reflux; for example, pyrosis, acid regurgitation, and, occasionally, dysphagia. Although this is a classic history, some patients may deny any symptoms.


No unique physical examination characteristics are evident in patients with Barrett esophagus other than those that would be found in patients with chronic GERD.