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Kenneth Fasanella, MD discusses the condition of Barrett’s esophagus; why the condition occurs, and how to treat patients.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the relative risk of Barrett’s esophagus and it’s various grades of dysplasia for development of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC).
  • Improve referral patterns for Barrett’s esophagus for endoscopic ablation.
  • Closely follow recommended practices regarding ongoing surveillance in this group of patients post-ablation.

Reading Resources:

  1. Hur, Chin, et al.  The Cost Effectiveness of Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett’s Esophagus.  Gastroenterology. 2012; 143:567-575.
  2. Wang, Kenneth K. et al.  Updated Guidelines 2008 for the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Therapy of Barrett’s Esophagus.  American J. Gastro.  2008; 103:788-797.
  3. Shaheen, N, et al.  When to consider endoscopic ablation therapy for Barrett’s esophagus.  Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. 2010; 26:361-366.


Dr. Kenneth Fasanella has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 9/11/2014 | Last Modified On: 9/11/2014 | Expires: 9/10/2015

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