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Barrett syndrome

Pronunciation: bar'et

Definition: chronic peptic ulceration of the lower esophagus, which is lined by columnar epithelium, resembling the mucosa of the gastric cardia, acquired as a result of long-standing chronic esophagitis; esophageal stricture with reflux, and adenocarcinoma, also have been reported. Associated with a 30-to-40 fold increased risk of adenocarcinoma.

Synonym(s): Barrett esophagus, Barrett metaplasia

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