Gut and Liver 2008; 2(1): 51-53 https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl.2008.2.1.51 Development of Barrett's Esophagus Soon after Total Gastrectomy
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Dong Hyun Sinn*, Kyoung-Mee Kim, Eun Ran Kim*, Hee Jung Son*, Jae J. Kim*, Jong Chul Rhee*, and Poong-Lyul Rhee*
Departments of *Medicine and Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Poong-Lyul Rhee
© The Korean Society of Gastroenterology, the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, Korean College of Helicobacter and Upper Gastrointestinal Research, Korean Association the Study of Intestinal Diseases, the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver, Korean Pancreatobiliary Association, and Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Cancer. All rights reserved.

Abstract
The role of duodenal reflux and the time required for the development of Barrett's esophagus has remained controversial. We report a case of Barrett's esophagus that developed 6 months after total gastrectomy. A 76-year-old man diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma underwent a total gastrectomy and a Roux- en-Y esophagojejunostomy. The gastroesophageal junction in the resected specimen was both grossly and microscopically normal at the time of the operation. A routine follow-up endoscopic examination performed 6 months later revealed a tongue-like projection of red- colored columnar tissue. No reflux symptoms (heartburn or acid regurgitation) had been present during the intervening 6 months. A biopsy specimen from the esophagus showed intestinal-type metaplasia of the columnar epithelium. This case supports the development of Barrett's esophagus solely from duodenal reflux and after a relatively short time in this clinical setting. (Gut and Liver 2008;2:51-53)
Keywords: Barrett's esophagus; Gastrectomy
Abstract
The role of duodenal reflux and the time required for the development of Barrett's esophagus has remained controversial. We report a case of Barrett's esophagus that developed 6 months after total gastrectomy. A 76-year-old man diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma underwent a total gastrectomy and a Roux- en-Y esophagojejunostomy. The gastroesophageal junction in the resected specimen was both grossly and microscopically normal at the time of the operation. A routine follow-up endoscopic examination performed 6 months later revealed a tongue-like projection of red- colored columnar tissue. No reflux symptoms (heartburn or acid regurgitation) had been present during the intervening 6 months. A biopsy specimen from the esophagus showed intestinal-type metaplasia of the columnar epithelium. This case supports the development of Barrett's esophagus solely from duodenal reflux and after a relatively short time in this clinical setting. (Gut and Liver 2008;2:51-53)
Keywords: Barrett's esophagus; Gastrectomy
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