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Old 08-06-2004, 08:15 AM
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reflux and more......???

ruflex and more....?????
This is off dads papers from the hospital. I am confused here.


He has reflex. That I do understand. Lots of swelling the the meds are helping with.


Dysphagia ??????


Established Barrestt's esophagus ?????

The stomach findings were normal. ( There are a few cancer cells but they choose to leave them alone )

They dilated the Schatzki ring 18 mm.


Pathology......... atypical squamous epith. prolifeeration suspicous for dysplasia. ????????



Help.........




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Old 01-28-2007, 07:18 PM
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My throat closes up if I haven't had enough to drink before I eat. I have to take deep breathes, relax, force fluids down and cross my fingers I don't throw up. I doesn't happen often but it scares me when it does.
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:15 AM
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Shelly my throat coses up sometimes due to my reflux....it can be scary but panicing only makes it worse.

Connie did you ever find out what all this means????

I would be interested to know


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Old 02-04-2007, 12:04 AM
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Both my kids had reflux as babies, I finally convinced my doc that something really had to be done and that it was not just me, being my first baby that was totally at fault.
At 11 months old he finally went for an endoscopy and we found that his aesophagus was acid burnt and that the lid that closes the aesophagus was not working to keep the food acids down. He never slept, if we had 4 hours of quiet a night it was a good night. He was put on various medications so that by aged 2 he actually slept through the night hooray! He grew out of it by 3yrs.
When ds2 came up with the same symptoms at 3 months we were forceful and said we WANT an endoscopy and they found that his lid did not close properly either.
Reflux is hereditory, more common in males and is related to asthma and eczema (that's a wierd one but it is) it can also go in 7yr cycles so you may have reflux for 7yrs be right for a bit then get asthma symptoms.
If you put your bed on a slope, 2 bricks under the legs at the pillow end, don't eat food at least 2hrs before bed, don't eat acidy foods, peas, tomatoes, cabbage, orange juice (my kids still have not got used to OJ) too much coffee can have the same reflux effect.
Reflux is like having bad indigestion a lot but you can manage or simplify the effects. There should also be reflux groups out there that can give you ideas.
My kids outgrew it but ds1 gets bad allergies and ds2 gets asthma but this does not mean that the acidy reflux can't come back at a later date.
My experience is more the straight reflux, the figures you've given were not given to me so maybe ask the Doc for something more specific and see where that takes you. Good luck
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Old 02-04-2007, 05:38 AM
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Connie,
Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing.
Barret's Esophagus is an abnormal growth of cells or tissue usually associated with chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) which can lead to growth of cancer cells.
They probably dilated the Schatzki ring to help with the dysphagia... it's narrowing of the esophagus in cases of chronic GERD and leads to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
Atypical squamous epithelium, etc.... has to do with the tissues involved and some abnormal growth of tissue or cells.

Any word as to why they decided not to do anything about the cancer cells?
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Old 02-04-2007, 09:10 AM
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ruflex and more....?????
This is off dads papers from the hospital. I am confused here.
He has reflex. That I do understand. Lots of swelling the the meds are helping with.
Dysphagia ??????
Established Barrestt's esophagus ?????
The stomach findings were normal. ( There are a few cancer cells but they choose to leave them alone )
They dilated the Schatzki ring 18 mm.
Pathology......... atypical squamous epith. prolifeeration suspicous for dysplasia. ????????
Help.........
Connie
Hi Connie - RN here.
Your father has "reflux" not "reflex." This means for one or more of various reasons his stomach contents flow up into his esophagus. This causes chemical burning of the lining of the esophagus and scarring. Barrett's esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition that often is the result of reflux.

As far as the "few cancer cells" that they "chose to leave alone," I'm not sure about that. If you want, PM me and I'll send you my fax number. You can fax me the pathology report and any other pages you want to send, and I can address them better.

The Schatzki ring is a structure described by <gasp!> Schatzki. It is thought to be caused by esophageal reflux (there's that word again!) and is a stricture that slows down swallowing and can actually prevent food from entering the stomach. They dilated it to make eating easier.

Dysphagia is literally difficulty eating. It can be caused by problems in the mouth, throat, or esophagus. In your father's case, it most likely is the result of the Schatzki ring and Barrett's esophagus.

The "atypical squamous epith. proliferation suspicous for dysplasia" in the pathology report simply verifies that he probably has a pre-cancerous change in the cells lining his esophagus and possibly his stomach.

Dysplasia is abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells. In this case, it is abnormal growth of the flat cells that line the esophagus. It is considered be a pre-cancerous condition.

All of this taken together is relatively serious. He'll have to take medications probably for the rest of his life, and perhaps have more procedures. There are some specialty treatments for Barrett's esophagus that are only available in places like the Cleveland Clinic. Your father's GI specialist can tell you more about whether he should be referred or not. Not all cases of Barrett's esophagus need highly specialized treatments.

A good place to go to look for more information is MedlinePlus -

Barrett's esophagus:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/001143.htm

Schazki's ring:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/000208.htm

Dysphagia:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/003115.htm

Hope this has helped some!

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Old 11-12-2008, 12:28 PM
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I have Gerd Reflux from a Hiatal hernia which I may need to have surgery on!

I get to have the quick throw ups at times which is no fun!
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I too have a Hiatal Hernia and take Aciphex for it.. Tried Nexium but could not take that. I also have 5 gall stones and between the two "can be fun"
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:49 PM
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I too have a Hiatal Hernia and take Aciphex for it.. Tried Nexium but could not take that. I also have 5 gall stones and between the two "can be fun"
I got my gallbladder removed awhile 12 yrs ago!

I take prevacid and I found this one supplement that i'm hoping maybe that will help me not get so sick when I'm eating!

I may just go back on Axid AR again.
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Never have taken either of those. Hope they can come up with somethong to help you
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