Upper Endoscopy as Follow-Up-Investigation for Gastroesophageal Reflux Diseasegerman translation / full article
How often will upper endoscopy be carried out in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease?
In the course of mild to moderate gastroesophageal reflux disease upper endoscopy is indicated as a follow up investigation only, if reflux symptoms still persist after a 4 to 8 week empiric therapy with PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). Alternatively, if symptoms change or if alarm symptoms or risk factors for the development of complications occur. In endoscopically diagnosed severe gastroesophageal reflux disease, upper endoscopy is recommended after an 8 week PPI therapy in any case to monitor the healing process and to exclude the presence of complications.