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, 77 Suppl 1, 23-8

Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection of Early Gastric Cancer


Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection of Early Gastric Cancer

Masaki Tanaka et al. Digestion.


Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of early gastric cancer (EGC) without any risk of lymph node metastasis was developed in Japan in the 1980s, and it has been one of the standard treatments of EGC for nearly 20 years. Recently, several EMR techniques developed in Japan have been accepted and done in Western countries. These EMR techniques are safe and efficacious but unsuitable for large lesions. Because we could not remove a large lesion in 1 fragment, which was very important for the precise diagnosis of tumor depth, local recurrence increased in large-lesion cases. An innovative procedure using newly developed endoscopic knives, called endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), was developed in the late 1990s, which made it possible to remove a large lesion en bloc. Theoretically, ESD has no limitation with respect to tumor size; therefore, it is expected to replace the surgical treatment in some situations. Although ESD has spread throughout Japan within a short period, there remain several disadvantages, such as a higher incidence of complications and a requirement of higher endoscopic skills compared to those of conventional EMR methods. The endoscopic indications, procedures, complications and treatment outcomes of the ESD of EGC are described in this review.

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