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    Endoscopic features of buried Barrett's mucosa: visible to the trained eye?
    Yang, L ; Holt, B ; Williams, R ; Tsoi, E ; Cameron, G ; Desmond, P ; Taylor, A (Wiley, 2019-12-01)
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    Factors that predict a poor response to radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's oesophagus with dysplasia
    Tsoi, EH ; Cameron, G ; Williams, R ; Desmond, P ; Taylor, A (WILEY, 2020-01-23)
    BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) can eradicate dysplasia and intestinal metaplasia in patients with dysplastic Barrett's oesophagus (BO). This study aimed to determine the factors that affect response to RFA for BO with dysplasia in a tertiary metropolitan referral centre. METHODS: All patients with dysplastic BO treated with regular proton pump inhibitor twice a day and RFA from November 2008 to July 2019 were identified. These patients were sorted into good responders (GR) (defined as eradication of dysplasia and intestinal metaplasia within three or less treatment sessions) and poor responders (PR) (defined as patients requiring four or more treatment sessions). The following features were compared between the groups: age, gender, presence of hiatus hernia, hiatus hernia size, circumferential and maximal length of BO, grade of dysplasia on histology at referral and presence of endoscopically visible reflux oesophagitis. RESULTS: A total of 152 patients received RFA for dysplastic BO, of whom 125 (82%) patients were classified as GR and 27 (18%) patients were classified as PR. PR had a longer circumferential length of BO compared to GR (mean length of 8.3 versus 3.3 cm, P < 0.0001). PR also had a longer maximal length of BO compared to GR (mean length of 8.7 versus 4.8 cm, P < 0.0001). More patients had reflux oesophagitis identified on gastroscopy in the PR group compared to GR group (12 (44%) versus 20 (16%), P = 0.001). CONCLUSION: Factors such as circumferential and maximal length of BO and presence of reflux oesophagitis on gastroscopy are associated with poorer response to RFA.
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    Recurrent intestinal metaplasia at the gastroesophageal junction following endoscopic eradication of dysplastic Barrett's esophagus may not be benign
    Cameron, GR ; Desmond, PV ; Jayasekera, CS ; Amico, F ; Williams, R ; Macrae, FA ; Taylor, ACF (GEORG THIEME VERLAG KG, 2016-08-01)
    BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combined with endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is effective for eradicating dysplastic Barrett's esophagus. The durability of response is reported to be variable. We aimed to determine the effectiveness and durability of RFA with or without EMR for patients with dysplastic Barrett's esophagus. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with dysplastic Barrett's esophagus referred to two academic hospitals were assessed with high definition white-light endoscopy, narrow-band imaging, and Seattle protocol biopsies. EMR was performed in visible lesions. RFA was performed at 3-month intervals until complete remission of dysplasia (CR-D) and intestinal metaplasia (CR-IM) was achieved. RESULTS: In total, 137 patients received RFA (78 with EMR); 75 with over 12 months follow-up since commencing RFA. Pretreatment histology was intramucosal cancer (IMC) 21 %, high grade dysplasia (HGD) 54 %, low grade dysplasia (LGD) 25 %. CR-D rates were 88 %, 92 %, and 100 % at 1, 2, and 3 years; CR-IM rates were 69 %, 74 %, and 81 %. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed increasing probability of achieving CR-D/CR-IM over time. Of 26 patients maintaining CR-IM for > 12 months, five relapsed with intestinal metaplasia (19 %), and three with dysplasia (12 %). Recurrences occurred in patients with prior HGD/IMC, predominantly at the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ). None relapsed with cancer. Adverse events occurred in 4 % of RFA and 6.5 % of EMR procedures. CONCLUSIONS: RFA combined with EMR is effective in achieving CR-D/CR-IM in the majority of patients with dysplastic Barrett's esophagus, with an incremental response over time. While durable in the majority, recurrent intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia, frequently occurring at the GEJ, suggest long-term surveillance is warranted in high risk groups.