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Gastric inlet patches

Any one on here ever been diagnosed with having "Gastric inlet patches?"  I have had this burning and red throat for almost 11 months now and eventually ended up going to a Gastroent. Specialist that did 24hr imbulatory tests and Gastroscope that discovered these patches on the top part of my esophagus.  The test revealed that I had 45 episodes of reflux during this period, of which 14 comes from my patches.  I also have Barrets at the lower end of my esophagus.  

I have been taking PPI's every day, but the Nexium does not get to treat the problem-area, as it is almost in my throat.

It is unfortunately I huge problem for me, because I have a hoarse voice, sore throat and bad taste in my mouth, constantly that is affecting my entire life and I am losing more and more weight as I have no apitite.

Will appreciate info on this.
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I had a follow-up with ENT today and he did a Laryngoscopy.  My vocal cords are terribly swolen and I have been struggling with Bronchitis more than usual - it is summer hear.

Does anyone know of a way of removing these gastric inlet patches?  If I was 85 years old, I would not have a problem with the idea of taking live-long meds!  But I am 35yrs old and taking Nexium for the rest of my life and drinking Zantac and Gaviscon after every meal is no picnic.  It tastes awful.
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I have to bump myself up or my message will get lost.

Does anyone on here have any advice on this for me?
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I haven't heard this one yet, but I do have confirmed gastritis.
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I have been diagnosed with an inlet patch also. Before the IP was discovered, I was taking Nexium which made me lose my appetite and I lost  weight. Since i've been diagnosed I take Ranitidine 150 'mg twice a day. My throat is much better but I still have discomfort that is manageable. My weight has returned to normal. I believe that the IP produces the acid in the throat because it has the same cells as the stomach.  I have been on Ranitidine for 2 months now. Though this is not a perfect solution, it is much better than taking Nexium. I am worried about the long-term condition of my throat and try to adhere to a strict diet  and I am trying to find successful ablation treatment for my condition.,
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Hi there,

Since posting this, I have new information on gastric inlet patches...

Long story short:  we moved from South Africa to Australia during July 2011 and at some stage I had to go see a Gastro Enterologist here and he was outraged when he learned that I have a long Barrets segment and no one has offered me a Nissen fundo, so I had some more tests and consults and eventually agreed on the operation and had a Nissen fundo on the 8th of Feb. 2012.

According to him:  gastric inlet patches are an accidental finding during an Endoscopy and has absolutely NO acidic values and can not cause any symptoms.

I did however ended up seeing an Otolaryncologist who did his tests and discovered that I have a Chricopharengeal muscle dysfunction and thickening of the muscle due to longstanding GERD and have had a botillium injection into the muscle and will have this done every 3 months, until I agree to a Myotomy.

Out of my experience and knowledge:  DO NOT agree to Ablation treatment for gastric inlet patches as it is very risky to have Ablation on the esophagus for something that is harmless and non-cancerous.

Hope the info helps and let me know if I can help with anything :)
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