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Radiofrequency ablation is effective treatment for dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus
Date:5/19/2008

, because we know how far apart the coils are spaced and how much energy is being put through them, we get a very reliable depth of burn, such that you can kill the abnormal cells on the inner surface without damaging the whole organ.

In the study to date, 127 people were randomized to receive either radiofrequency ablation or a simulated, sham version of the procedure at one of 19 participating medical centers. Among those who received radiofrequency ablation, 85 percent were free of dysplasia 12 months after treatment. Seventy-four percent had no evidence of Barretts at all in their biopsies. In comparison, none that received sham treatment were free of Barretts.


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