Aug 072011

Hartwig et al report a series of 157 people receiving fundoplication within 1 year after lung transplant, for reflux diagnosed by abnormal esophageal pH probe. They compared these to 65 with reflux who did not undergo fundoplication. The surgical patients had about 10% higher FEV1s, both at peak and at one year. This was not randomized and the findings are subject to surgical selection bias, of course. Ann Thorac Surg 2011;92:462-469.

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Fundoplication for reflux associated with reduced allograft dysfunction