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How can the EDS help you identify patients at high risk of oesophageal cancer?

Published: 26th July 2022

1st September 2021

The Edinburgh Dysphagia Score (EDS) can support the assessment of patients with dysphagia by identifying patients at lowest risk of a malignant diagnosis, thereby allowing resources to be concentrated on those at highest risk.

In the original study, the EDS identified a group of patients at the highest risk of cancer; in this group the cancer yield at endoscopy was approximately 17-20%. Calculating the EDS therefore enables patients most at risk to be prioritised for endoscopy.

It is recommended that healthcare professionals act on any clinical suspicion and their decision to refer a patient should not be based on the EDS alone.

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