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Surveillance Cessation for Barrett's Esophagus: A Survey of Gastroenterologists.

Ozanne EM, Silver ER, Saini SD, Rubenstein JH, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Bowers N, Tan SX, Inadomi JM, Hur C. Surveillance Cessation for Barrett's Esophagus: A Survey of Gastroenterologists. The American journal of gastroenterology. 2021 Aug 1; 116(8):1730-1733.

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Abstract:

INTRODUCTION: Regular endoscopic surveillance is the gold standard Barrett's esophagus (BE) surveillance, yet harms of surveillance for some patients may outweigh the benefits. We sought to characterize physicians' BE surveillance cessation recommendations. METHODS: We surveyed gastroenterologists about their BE surveillance recommendations varying patient age, comorbidity, and BE length. RESULTS: Clinicians varied in recommendations for repeat surveillance. Patient age showed the largest variation among decisions, whereas BE length varied the least. DISCUSSION: Age and comorbidities seem to influence BE surveillance cessation decisions, but with variation. Clear cessation guidelines balancing the risks and benefits for BE surveillance are warranted.





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