Barret’s Esophagus is a serious disease which affects thousands of Americans each year. This difficult condition occurs when the cells located in the esophagus become damaged due to continuous stomach acid exposure. The stomach acid exposure is linked to maladies such as Acid Reflux Disease and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. After years of experiencing symptoms associated with these diseases, Barret’s Esophagus develops. Because of this, the condition is avoidable altogether, and early detection is possible when patients see a Newport Beach gastroenterologist at the first sign of trouble.
Barrett’s Esophagus is a painful condition that increases over time and continues to deteriorate the esophagus. If not treated quickly and efficiently, possible long-term complications may include cuts and ruptures in the organ, and in rare but severe cases, may lead to esophageal cancer. Because of this, it is critical to visit a medical professional upon the first manifestations of the defect.
With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Quist offers exceptional care in all aspects of his treatments. After evaluation, if Barrett’s Esophagus is suspected, Dr. Quist will order an endoscopy. This procedure will allow the doctor to insert an endoscope with an attached camera inside your esophagus to check the status of the organ. A healthy esophagus looks pink and shiny. However, an esophagus that appears to be red will establish the presence of Barrett’s Esophagus. Dr. Quist will also examine the severity of the damage to the organ. To do so, a tissue sample may be necessary. Following the procedure, he will suggest any critical follow-up treatments and will schedule any follow-up visits.
Call to make your first appointment today! This Newport Beach gastroenterologist can be reached at (949) 645-8300.