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Another look at Barrett's esophagus. Current thinking on screening and surveillance strategies



Another look at Barrett's esophagus. Current thinking on screening and surveillance strategies



Postgraduate Medicine 110(3): 57-8, 61-2, 65-8



Barrett's esophagus remains a major health problem and a risk factor for the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma. Given the low incidence of this disorder, efforts should be made to identify risk factors that target patients with GERD or known Barrett's esophagus who would most benefit from screening and surveillance strategies. It is clear that identifying esophageal adenocarcinoma at an early and treatable stage reduces morbidity and mortality. However, currently available screening tools (endoscopy with surveillance biopsies every 2 years) are expensive and not easily applied. Identification of tumor markers and other specific risk factors may be helpful in predicting who is at risk for dysplasia. Current therapeutic strategies are successful in the treatment of GERD symptoms, but further research and longer follow-up studies are needed to determine if these strategies bring about regression of Barrett's esophagus, reversal of dysplasia, or prevention of cancer.

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Accession: 045265088

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PMID: 11570206

DOI: 10.3810/pgm.2001.09.1018


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