Medical Definition of Barrett's esophagus
: metaplasia of the lower esophagus that is characterized by replacement of squamous epithelium with columnar epithelium, occurs especially as a result of chronic gastroesophageal reflux, and is associated with an increased risk for esophageal carcinoma As many as 12% of the estimated 15 million GERD sufferers will develop Barrett's esophagus, and from 5% to 10% of those will go on to develop cancer.—Tara Parker-Pope, The Wall Street Journal, 18 Oct. 2005
Biographical Note for barrett's esophagus
Norman Rupert (1903–1979), British surgeon. Barrett's numerous positions included those of surgeon at King Edward VII Sanatorium, Midhurst, and at London's St. Thomas's and Royal Brompton hospitals; lecturer in surgery at the University of London; and examiner in surgery at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, London, and Khartoum. He also served as editor of Thorax and contributed to several surgery textbooks.
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