Indian Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 184–186 | Cite as

Endoscopic observations around the gastroesophageal junction in patients with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease in South Asia

  • Navarathne M. M. Navarathne
  • Vasitha AbeysuriyaEmail author
  • A. Ileperuma
  • U. L. Thoufeek
Original Article



We studied the inter-relationships of endoscopic findings around the gastroesophageal junction in patients with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux.


Data were collected with regard to hiatus hernia (HH), columnar-lined esophagus (CLE), reflux esophagitis (RE) and gastroesophageal flap valve (GEFV), prospectively from 1,150 patients who underwent diagnostic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy for symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux.


The frequency of HH, CLE and RE was 14.3% (n = 165), 9.5% (n = 109) and 13.3% (n = 153), respectively. In the CLE group, 48 were histologically proven to have Barrett’s esophagus. Of all RE patients, 94.8% had mild esophagitis (LA-A and B) and this was associated with younger age, male gender, presence of HH, and grade 3 or 4 gastroesophageal flap valve (GEFV). Grades 3 and 4 GEFV were associated with HH, CLE, and RE.


Substantial proportion of patients with symptoms of GERD has abnormal endoscopic findings around the gastroesophageal junction.


Columnar-lined esophagus Endoscopy Gastroesophageal flap valve Hiatus hernia Reflux esophagitis 


Conflict of interests

None declared.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Navarathne M. M. Navarathne
    • 1
  • Vasitha Abeysuriya
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Ileperuma
    • 2
  • U. L. Thoufeek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyThe National Hospital of Sri LankaColomboSri Lanka
  2. 2.Department of PathologyThe National Hospital of Sri LankaColomboSri Lanka

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