Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Barrett Esophagus in the Elderly

Fouad Otaki, Prasad G. Iyer

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Abstract

As our population continues to age, the early diagnosis and optimal management of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease becomes paramount. Maintaining a low threshold for evaluating atypical symptoms in this population is key to improving outcomes. Should patients develop complications including severe esophagitis, peptic stricture, or Barrett esophagus, then a discussion of medical, endoscopic, and surgical treatments that accounts for patient's comorbidities and survival is important. Advances in screening, surveillance, and endoscopic treatment of Barrett esophagus have allowed us to dispel concerns of futility and treat a larger subset of the at-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Barrett esophagus
  • Elderly
  • Esophageal adenocarcinoma
  • GERD
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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