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    Is this punctuation correct

    Please tell me which of the following punctuation is considered more correct:

    1) If the patient continues to have swallowing difficulty, she should be treated with antacids, and if her symptoms persists, an endoscopy may be necessary.

    2) If the patient continues to have swallowing difficulty, she should be treated with antacids and, if her symptoms persists, an endoscopy may be necessary.

    Here my question is as to the comma placement. Is it more appropriate before the and or after the and?

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    Re: Is this punctuation correct

    1) If the patient continues to have difficulty swallowing, she should be treated with antacids, and if her symptoms persist, an endoscopy may be necessary.
    I find this sentence awkward and suggest that it be split into two sentences. If the patient continues to have difficulty swallowing, she should be treated with antacids. If her symptoms persist, an endoscopy may be necessary.

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