Reply to the Letter to the Editor “Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Cause Barrett’s Oesophagus?”
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First and foremost, we would like to thank the authors for their interest in our paper and their valuable comments and discussion. Of course, we would like to reply to some of the remarks made.
The authors have claimed a lack of details regarding the preoperative cohort and diagnostic criteria that were used in our study. However, we did provide information on how diagnostics were run preoperatively in this update , of course, in less detail than in the previously published study . The article includes information on patient demographics as well as information on patients’ surgeries before sleeve gastrectomy (SG). In addition, preoperative gastroscopies ensured that patients neither had hiatal hernias, reflux, or Barrett’s esophagus (BE).
Next, we would like to address the issue of BE diagnosis. For the diagnosis of BE, we used the guidelines set by the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA), which are in turn based on the Seattle biopsy protocol for endoscopic surveillance...
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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the research committee of the Vienna Medical University (EK 1434/2015) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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