M. Brian Fennerty, MD, is the editor of Journal Watch Gastroenterology and Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Gastroenterology in the Department of Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.
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Archive for October, 2011
Journal Watch Editors • October 24th, 2011
One area of gastroenterology that is guided more by dogma than evidence regards surveillance of nondysplastic Barrett esophagus (BE). Surveillance of BE lesions is widely practiced, despite a large body of evidence that the practice is not cost-effective, the cancer risk from BE is very low, and the life expectancy of BE patients is normal. [...]