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"The evidence indicates that upper endoscopy is indicated in patients with heartburn only when accompanied by other serious symptoms such as difficult or painful swallowing, bleeding, anemia, weight loss, or recurrent vomiting. The procedure is not an appropriate first step for most patients with heartburn."The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that screening using upper endoscopy should not be regularly conducted in women of any age or in men under the age of 50 with heartburn because the prevalence of cancer is extremely low in these populations.
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"Upper Endoscopy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Best Practice Advice From the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians."
Nicholas J. Shaheen, David S. Weinberg, Thomas D. Denberg, Roger Chou, Amir Qaseem, Paul Shekelle
Annals of Internal Medicine, 2012 Dec;157(11):808-816
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