How long do we have Barrett - when it is diagnosed?

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6 month´s ago I was diagnosed (male, 42yr, BMI 22) with a Short Barrett without dysplasia after a 3 months cough.

Because my esophagus was complete clear - no strictures, no esophagitis - nothing ( instead of the barrett ) my docs believes that I have the Barrett nearly 20 years!

Has anyone asked how old is a barrett at diagnosis?

Beside all the statistics, numbers and so on I never read something about the age of an barrett.

I think this will be a crucial factor, or ?

All the best....

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    sorry but this dont make sense if you have barretts it can not just clear up by its self i was told 2 yrs ago i had it and will have to take pills for the rest of my life but could have an op to help

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      hi david,

      i still have the barrett but on initial diagnosis the rest of my esophagus has no signs of bruning actions (no esophagitis, no strictures, nothing) - therfore my doc belives that i must have the barrett a long time... thats the point i´m confused.

      (I know that barrett don´t disapear)

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      You may well have had it a few/many years as none of us know we have it until it is diagnosed.I often wonder how long I had mine before it was diagnosed. There are many many people walking about who have it and don't know they have it so at least ours is being monitored and will be acted upon if it develops any further (a very low percentage ever go on to develop anything further to put your mind at rest).

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