Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: not so benign

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TO THE EDITOR: I read with interest the editorial by Duggan and Harvey, which highlighhted the important association between adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus and gastro-oesophageal reflux. Surgeons who treat patients with oesophageal carcinoma would agree that there has been a significant increase in the incidence of this problem in recent decades, and this has not been well understood by the wider medical community.

While I agree that a strategy which prevents the cause of gastro-oesophageal reflux should be sought, its aetiology is unknown, and so preventing reflux is not feasible at present. Furthermore, current medical treatments do not stop reflux; antisecretory medication reduces the amount of acid in refluxing gastric contents but reflux continues to occur. The importance of this in the development of oesophageal adenocarcinoma is uncertain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-391
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes


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