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Poster 267 Risk of Barrett’s Esophagus between African Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites: A Meta-Analysis
Author Insight from Kenneth J. Vega, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Research, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
It is well known that African Americans get Barrett’s esophagus (BE) less often than non-Hispanic whites. Our abstract quantifies the risk reduction observed in African Americans.
What do patients need to know?
Two things: African Americans with reflux get BE, but their risk is drastically less than non-Hispanic whites. This also highlights the need to better understand why this risk difference exists despite similar degrees of GERD between the 2 groups.
Author Contact Kenneth J. Vega, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Research, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
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