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The guidelines for the diagnosis, surveillance and therapy of Barrett’s esophagus were originally published by the American College of Gastroenterology in 1998 and updated in 2002. These and other guidelines undergo periodic review. Significant advances have occurred in the area of Barrett’s esophagus over the past four years leading to another revision of(More)
CONTEXT Severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a lifelong problem that can be complicated by peptic esophageal stricture and adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. OBJECTIVE To determine the long-term outcome of medical and surgical therapies for GERD. DESIGN AND SETTING Follow-up study conducted from October 1997 through October 1999 of a(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) can eradicate dysplasia and intestinal metaplasia in patients with dysplastic Barrett's esophagus (BE), and reduce rates of esophageal adenocarcinoma. We assessed long-term rates of eradication, durability of neosquamous epithelium, disease progression, and safety of RFA in patients with dysplastic BE. (More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The diagnosis and management of Barrett's esophagus (BE) are controversial. We conducted a critical review of the literature in BE to provide guidance on clinically relevant issues. METHODS A multidisciplinary group of 18 participants evaluated the strength and the grade of evidence for 42 statements pertaining to the diagnosis,(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The exact incidence of adenocarcinoma in patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE) is not known and is reported to vary from 0.2%-2% per year. Published series of patients with BE have included relatively small numbers of patients with limited duration of follow-up. The goal of this study was to define the prevalence and incidence of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Outcomes of colon surveillance after colorectal cancer screening with colonoscopy are uncertain. We conducted a prospective study to measure incidence of advanced neoplasia in patients within 5.5 years of screening colonoscopy. METHODS Three thousand one hundred twenty-one asymptomatic subjects, age 50 to 75 years, had screening(More)
In contrast to Western countries, erosiveesophagitis has been considered less common, Barrett'sesophagus presumed less frequent, and hiatal herniaextremely uncommon in the Orient. However, accelerated modernization and adoption of Western customshave resulted in marked life-style changes in manyAsians in the Orient that may potentially affect thefrequency(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The risks of dysplasia and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) are not clear for patients with nondysplastic Barrett's esophagus (NDBE); the rate of progression has been overestimated in previous studies. We studied the incidences of dysplasia and EAC and investigated factors associated with progression of BE. METHODS The BE study is a(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic liver disease develops in more than half of patients with post-transfusion hepatitis C, but little is known about the natural history of community-acquired hepatitis C. METHODS In 1985 and 1986 we identified adults with acute non-A, non-B hepatitis in four counties in the United States and followed them prospectively. We used three(More)