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October 10, 2001

Medical vs Surgical Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(14):1709-1712. doi:10.1001/jama.286.14.1709

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.