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  1. B Åsling1,
  2. J Jirholt1,
  3. P Hammond2,
  4. M Knutsson1,
  5. A Walentinsson1,
  6. G Davidson2,
  7. L Agreus3,
  8. A Lehmann1,
  9. M Lagerström-Fermer1
  1. 1AstraZeneca R&D, Mölndal, Sweden
  2. 2Women's & Children's Hospital, Gastroenterology Unit, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  3. 3Center for Family and Community Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr B Åsling, AstraZeneca R&D, Pepparedsleden 1, S-431 83 Mölndal, Sweden; bengt.asling{at}

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We sincerely appreciate the interest in our recent paper in Gut entitled “Collagen type III (COL3A1) is a gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) susceptibility gene and a male risk factor for hiatus hernia”.1 The diagnosis of hiatal hernia requires endoscopy, a barium meal and/or manometric assessment.2 Histology is not required for …

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