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New Barrett's guidelines: an opportunity to improve patient experience and save resources
  1. Stephen Attwood
  1. Correspondence to Professor Stephen Attwood, Department of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Durham University, North Tyneside General Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE29 8NH, UK; Stephen.attwood{at}

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The potential for clinical guidelines to improve patient care is the primary reason for their development. The management of Barrett's oesophagus has become more complex in the past 10 years. The natural history of Barrett's oesophagus shows variation with sex, age, severity of reflux, extent, race, geography and other factors which need individual risk assessment.1 Improvements to the treatment of early or developing cancers, (endoscopic resection2 and radio frequency ablation3) and improvements to the pick-up of early cancer using …

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