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  1. Edward P Gerstenfeld
  1. Correspondence to Dr Edward P Gerstenfeld, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, MUE-4th Floor, 500 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA; egerstenfeld{at}

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The Author's reply Dr Ward feels that I have given ‘short shrift’ to the cryoballoon in my commentary on the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for laser balloon ablation.1 2 I certainly welcome Dr Wards' comments and summary of cryoballoon efficacy, but feel a few additional comments are necessary.

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