Management of asymptomatic erosive esophagitis: An E-mail survey of physician's opinions

Seong Woo Lim, Jun Haeng Lee, Jie Hyun Kim, Jeong Hwan Kim, Heung Up Kim, Seong Woo Jeon

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Abstract

Background/Aims: The management of asymptomatic erosive esophagitis is controversial. We surveyed physicians' opinions on asymptomatic erosive esophagitis using e-mail. Methods: All members of the Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility were invited to answer the questionnaire on the treatment and follow-up of patients with asymptomatic erosive esophagitis by e-mail. Results: A total of 73 members answered the questionnaire (response rate, 18%). As initial management, 41% of respondents chose pharmacologic treatment, whereas 59% chose nonpharmacologic treatment. In the case of pharmacologic treatment, proton pump inhibitors were the preferred medication. The most common treatment duration was 4 weeks (43%), followed by 8 weeks (38%), and 6 months (11%). Sixty-two percent of the respondents recommended follow-up endoscopy annually, whereas 29% chose no endoscopic follow-up. Thirty-four percent of the respondents answered that they would talk about reflux-related sleep disturbances. Only 25% of the respondents explained the possibility of Barrett's esophagus or esophageal adenocarcinoma to their patients. Conclusions: There are substantial practice variations in the management of asymptomatic erosive esophagitis in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-294
Number of pages5
JournalGut and liver
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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