Early gastric cancer: An update on endoscopic management

Veronica Baptista, Anupam Singh, Wahid Wassef

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review focuses on the latest endoscopic techniques that are emerging in the management of early gastric cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Improved sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of early gastric cancers has been demonstrated in a number of studies by narrow band imaging (92.7 and 94.5%), confocal laser endomicroscopy (90.2 and 98.5%), and magnification chromoendoscopy (88.6 and 93.2%), respectively. In early gastric cancer, endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has been shown to be superior to endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) with curative resection rate at 79.5% for ESD vs. 59% for EMR, and a lower local recurrence rate at 0.82% for ESD vs. 5.03% for EMR. SUMMARY: Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic techniques are changing the paradigm of care in patients with early gastric cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-635
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • confocal laser endomicroscopy
  • early gastric cancer
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • narrow band imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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