MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Prateek Sharma MD
Professor, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Motility
Kansas University Medical Center
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Sharma: Reflux symptoms are a risk factor for Barrett’s esophagus and approximately 10-15% of patients with reflux are diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is a risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma. We evaluated the trends in the prevalence of be in patients with reflux disease over years and found that the prevalence of be was decreasing.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Dr. Sharma: If you perform endoscopy for screening for Barrett’s esophagus, you may notice not as many patients have Barrett’s esophagus now compared to what you may have noticed several years ago.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Sharma: Evaluate whether this decreased prevalence of Barrett’s esophagus is noted in other centers in the country and whether eventually this will impact the incidence of esophageal cancer.
MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.
Declining Trends in the Prevalence of Barrett’s Esophagus Among Patients With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Presentation Number: Tu1147
Author Block: Vijay Kanakadandi1,2, Sreekar Vennelaganti2, Prashanth Vennalaganti1,2, Jesica Brown1,2, Sravanthi Parasa1,2, Benjamin Alsop2,1, Mohammad A. Titi1,2, Ajay Bansal1,2, Kevin Kennedy4, Kapil Kohli1,2, Abhiram Duvvuri2, Babak Gachpaz2, Anusha Vittal1,2, Neil Gupta3, Prateek Sharma1,2
1 The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas city, Missouri, United States; 2 Kansas City Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, United States; 3 Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, United States;4 Saint Lukes Health Systems, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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