Barrett’s Oesophagus: Does it Exist, is it Congenital?

  • K. Moghissi
Conference paper


In 1957 Barrett [1] introduced the concept of “lower oesophagus lined by columnar epithelium.” He also stated that when the lower oesophagus is found to be lined by columnar cells, the abnormally placed mucous membrane extends upward from the oesophagogastric junction in a continuous unbroken sheet. This deformity is not associated with, or complicated by other anatomical changes, that is:
  1. 1.

    The external appearances and the muscular anatomy of the stomach and the oesophagus are normal.

  2. 2.

    There is no anatomical change in the mediastinum.

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    The blood supply from the aortic segment arteries and the left gastric artery is normal.

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    The crus of the diaphragm and the peritoneal reflection in the neighbourhood of the hiatus are normal.



Hiatal Hernia Oesophagogastric Junction Columnar Epithelium Left Gastric Artery Thoracic Oesophagus 
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  1. 1.
    Barrett NR (1957) The lower esophagus lined by columnar epithelium. Surgery 41:881–894PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Allison PR, Johnstone AS (1953) The oesophagus lined with gastric mucous membrane. Thorax 8:87–99PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Berquist TH, Nolan NG, Stephens DH, Carlson HC (1975) Radioisotope scintigraphy in diagnosis of Barrett’s oesophagus. AJR 123:401–411Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Moghissi
    • 1
  1. 1.Humberside Cardiothoracic Surgical CentreCastle Hill HospitalCottingham, Hull, N. HumbersideUK

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