Endoscopic management of colorectal adenomas

Authors Benjamin Meier, Karel Caca, Andreas Fischer, Arthur Schmidt.


Colorectal adenomas are well known precursors of invasive adenocarcinoma. Colonoscopy is the gold standard for adenoma detection. Colonoscopy is far more than a diagnostic tool, as it allows effective treatment of colorectal adenomas. Endoscopic resection of colorectal adenomas has been shown to reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer. Difficult resection techniques are available, such as endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic submucosal dissection and endoscopic full-thickness resection. This review aims to provide an overview of the different endoscopic resection techniques and their indications, and summarizes the current recommendations in the recently published guideline of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Keywords Polypectomy, endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic submucosal dissection, endoscopic full-thickness resection

Ann Gastroenterol 2017; 30 (6): 592-597

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