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  1. R M Zagari1,2,
  2. G R Law2,
  3. F Bazzoli1
  1. 1
    Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy
  2. 2
    Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds, UK
  1. Professor F Bazzoli, Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica, Università di Bologna, Policlinico S Orsola, Via Massarenti, 9, 40138 Bologna, Italy; franco.bazzoli{at}

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We thank Dr Derakhahan and Professor McColl for their interest in our paper and for giving us the opportunity to present further data from our population-based study. We agree that information on the age-specific prevalence of hiatus hernia in males and females, which are still lacking, may be valuable in understanding the role of gender in Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal adenocarcinoma.

In our study population hiatus hernia was found in 444 out of 1033 individuals (43%, 95% confidence interval (CI), 40% to 46%). …

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