June 2, 2009

Barrett’s esophagus treatment called safe

U.S. medical scientists say clinical trials have shown a new treatment for a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett's esophagus is safe and effective.

The clinical trial results were presented Monday in Chicago during a Digestive Disease Week presentation sponsored by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

The procedure, called endoscopic radiofrequency ablation, can be safely and effectively performed in a community practice setting according to the study presented by Dr. Ronald Pruitt, who led the research.

We believe that the results of our trial are unique and relevant to the scientific knowledge-base, as this is the largest patient experience reported to date and the first multi-center trial conducted at community practice centers for using radiofrequency ablation to eradicate Barrett's esophagus, Pruitt said. Most importantly, we found that the safety and efficacy outcomes garnered in this clinical setting comport with those from reported trials conducted at predominantly academic tertiary referral centers.

The study's results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.