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Improving surveillance for Barrett's oesophagus: Better to be looked over than be overlooked

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1511
  1. Shaji Sebastian, consultant gastroenterologist (,
  2. Colm O'Morain, head
  1. Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull HU3 2JZ
  2. Department of Gastroenterology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin 24, Republic of Ireland

    EDITOR—The audit by Bampton et al highlights the practical problems encountered in the area of Barrett's oesophagus surveillance.1 Our retrospective audit of 441 patients with Barrett's oesophagus in a university teaching hospital setting showed an alarmingly low compliance rate of 8.6%.2 The main area of concern was that quadrantic biopsies were not taken in a large proportion of …

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