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Nihon Rinsho. 2005 Aug;63(8):1449-53.

[Medical treatment of Barrett's esophagus].

[Article in Japanese]

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  • 1Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Shimane University School of Medicine.


In patients with Barrett's esophagus, medical treatment is necessary for the control of reflux symptom, healing of accompanying erosive esophagitis, and prevention of carcinogenesis. For this purposes, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and aspirin/non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are increasingly used. There are enough evidences that show the usefulness of PPIs for the control of reflux symptom and esophagitis. The values of PPI and aspirin/NSAIDs for the prevention of Barrett's carcinoma are still under investigation all over the world. Since many groups are actively working to find the appropriate methods for preventing carcinogenesis on the Barrett's esophagus, we will have an evidence-based strategy for the prevention of Barrett's adenocarcinoma in near future.

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