Since recorded history, heartburn has been a common complaint and the descriptions from ancient physicians are virtually indistinguishable from today’s accounts. However, one thing we do know that they did not is a small subset of patients whose long standing heartburn could predispose them to a precancerous condition known as Barrett oesophagitis.
Barrett oesophagitis is caused by chronic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease with a number of known risk factors for developing this. These patients require regular monitoring +/- intervention as they have an increased rate of developing oesophageal adenocarcinoma. For this episode we have called in some specialists to help us out.
Our guests include:
- Dr Tristan Rutland – Anatomical Pathologists who specialises in Gastrointestinal Pathology
- Dr Milan Bassan – Gastroenterologist who is Head of the endoscopic department at Liverpool Hospital