McDougall, N. I.; Lawther, H.; Collins, J. S. A.
April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA55
Academic Journal
Reflux oesophagitis is the most common abnormal finding at OGD yet the long term outcome of the condition is unknown. This study assessed the level of reflux symptoms, drug consumption and complications in patients 20 years after diagnosis of oesophagitis. 152 patients with typical reflux symptoms and a first time diagnosis by endoscopy of grade 1 to 3 oesophagitis between 1981 and 1984 at one centre were followed up using a postal questionnaire and, telephone interview. Nearly three quarters of patients previously diagnosed as having reflux oesophagitis still had significant morbidity related to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease 20 years after diagnosis.


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