Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In the initial study by Dr Spechler
and colleagues,1 82 patients were assigned
to undergo an antireflux procedure, but only 58 actually had the surgery.
The authors used the intention-to-treat method to analyze their current results2; however, it is not clear how many patients with
long-term follow-up in the surgery group actually had surgery.
DeMeester SR. Medical vs Surgical Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux. JAMA. 2001;286(14):1709-1712. doi:10.1001/jama.286.14.1709