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Recent developments in gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus: ANNO 2012.
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PMID:  22624551     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal columnar metaplasia is rising worldwide. Both mechanical and functional factors perturb the double sphincter barrier at the esophagogastric junction (EGJ). Discovery of the acid pocket is fundamental in understanding postprandial acid reflux. Adding impedencemetry to pH measurements allows detection of non-acid or weakly acidic reflux. Histologic and endoscopic injury of the squamous mucosa rises from dilation of the intercellular spaces, papillary extension, accentuated intrapapillary looping, red streaks, erosive tissue loss, etc., graded with the Los Angeles system. Seventy percent of patients have no recognizable abnormalities (non-erosive or neGERD). Treatment of GERD mainly relates to the control of acid secretion but a revival of alginate/antacid obliterating the acid pocket is to be expected. Weaker heartburn control in neGERD is a misnomer because most studies included patients with no evidence of reflux disease. Traditional (delayed-release) proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are powerful suppressors of acid secretion but do have limitations such as gradual build up of acid control, weak control of nocturnal acid recovery, possibility of rebound, occasional need for dose escalation, etc. Barrett's esophagus (BE) is endoscopically diagnosed also in the absence of intestinal metaplasia. A prerequisite is the precise location of the EGJ (proximal end of gastric folds, esophageal sphincter pinch, distal extent of palisade vessels). BE is graded with the Prague C & M system. Barrett's cancer develops usually via low-grade and high-grade dysplasia. Endoscopic examination may indicate suspicious areas, amenable for targeted biopsy. Otherwise, four quadrant biopsies are obtained when searching for neoplasia. Low-grade dysplasia, especially when it is multifocal and p53 positive, high-grade dysplasia and mucosal cancer should be treated with endoscopic resection of the target area, followed by radiofrequency ablation of the adjacent non-neoplastic columnar mucosa, followed with powerful acid suppressant therapy. The long-term results of the combination of resection and ablation are exiting and at least comparable to surgical resection.
Guido Nj Tytgat
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of digestive diseases     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1751-2980     ISO Abbreviation:  J Dig Dis     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101302699     Medline TA:  J Dig Dis     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 The Author. Journal of Digestive Diseases © 2012 Chinese Medical Association Shanghai Branch, Chinese Society of Gastroenterology, Renji Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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