Barrett's esophagus signs and symptoms are usually related to acid reflux and may include:

  • Frequent heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Chest pain
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Dry cough

Many people with Barrett's esophagus have no signs or symptoms.

When to see a doctor

If you've had long-term trouble with heartburn and acid reflux, discuss this with your doctor and ask about your risk of Barrett's esophagus.

Seek immediate medical attention if you:

  • Have chest pain
  • Have difficulty swallowing
  • Are vomiting red blood or blood that looks like coffee grounds
  • Are passing black, tarry or bloody stools
May. 25, 2011