Talk:Barrett's esophagus

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Formatting problem from 2003[edit]

This article had a Microsoft "smart quote" in its title. To Microsoft users, "smart quotes" look like apostrophes, but to users of normal (i.e., Unix) software, they look like question marks, so that what I saw was "Barrett?s esophagus" as the title of the article. One of the references to "Barrett's esophagus within the article had a question mark instead of an apostrophe, and the other had an apostrophe. I have fixed the problem. I have also set the first occurence of the title within the article in bold.

But there is a technical problem. When you use "move this page" to try to move "Barrett?s esophagous" to "Barrett's esophagus", or any other article with an SM smart quote that looks like a question mark, it doesn't work! You have to edit manually. Michael Hardy 01:38 Mar 16, 2003 (UTC)


The spelling of "esophagus" was inconsistent; sometimes it was "esophagus" and sometimes "oesophagus". Since the article itself was titled "esophagus", I chose that spelling. -- Dominus 02:39, 28 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Oesophagus is the British spelling. -- Carlo Maley 16:27, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

Yes, I know. Wikipedia guidelines in such cases are to use a consistent spelling throughout. -- Dominus 18:30, 16 May 2007 (UTC)


I have deleted the comment regarding a proposal by O.A. Stiennon that Barrett's esophagus is not actually a unique disease, but a subset of hiatus hernia . This comment was posted by Stiennon himself (or a relative), and the referenced website was promoting sales of his book on this subject. This idea is not a generally accepted opinion among medical professionals, and including it here is not suitable for an encyclopedic article.Sssuuuzzzaaannn 18:47, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

I also deleted a recently added comment about steatorrhoea and "Barrett's Anus." No reference is given or could be found, and this would not be relevant to Barrett's esophagus in any case.Sssuuuzzzaaannn 11:00, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

What about a Barrx Halo or similar procedure section in this Article. I have Barretts and would love to see some information through wikipedia on this subject. Or even a treatment category that can have a paragraph dedicated to this procedure that supposedly "cures" this disease thus reducing the risk of cancer. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:41, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Cancer risk[edit]

doi:10.1111/j.1365-2036.2007.03528.x meta-analyses the data, and concludes that short-segment Barrett's is less likely to become malignant. Over time, BE has become less likely to lead to cancer (?reflecting treatment with PPI) JFW | T@lk 17:52, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Spelling of Oesophagus/Esophagus[edit]

Barrett, who discovered the condition was British, so surely Oesphagus, which is the British spelling should be used throughout this article?

QuickClown (talk) 12:49, 9 May 2010 (UTC)


I do not believe that there are sufficient grounds for Barrett's (o)esophagus, a disease named after someone, to invoke strong national ties under WP:ENGVAR. (However, obviously the article about the person after whom it is named is written in British/Commonwealth English.)
For those editors who do not agree with the article using American spelling (because of the interpretation of WP:TIES), please address the issue at WP:RM. Wholesale changes to every mention of esophagus to oesophagus, as have been done in the past, are not acceptable, aside from ruining images and references. Some standardized rigour (talk) 07:41, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

British/American spelling[edit]

The condition was first described by Norman Barrett (and is subsequently named in his honour) who was a British physician. I strongly believe that for the sake of argument, the spelling should be oesophagus throughout. Please let me know your thoughts before I go ahead.

QuickClown (talk) 22:51, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Although I don't see this fulfilling WP:TIES, please read WP:ENGVAR and then use WP:RM to discuss this if you still feel strongly about the spelling. Some standardized rigour (talk) 07:55, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF INFLAMMATION (Barret's Diesease) AS A CAUSATIVE AGENT IN CANCER. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:26, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

"patient-year" Huh? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:37, 3 August 2013 (UTC)


I searched for Cello while I had caps-lock on, and was met with a wet meaty sphincter. For a second I thought something terrible had happened. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 19:47, 30 October 2013 (UTC)