The long term results of endoscopic surveillance of premalignant gastric lesions

JL Whiting, A Sigurdsson, David Rowlands, Michael Hallissey, John Fielding

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BACKGROUND: A large proportion of patients attending open access endoscopy have histological and gross pathological findings that are potentially premalignant. The proportion of these patients who go on to develop malignancies and the timescale over which this occurs are uncertain. AIMS: This study aims to discover the incidence of gastric cancers in this "high risk" group and to examine the potential for their early diagnosis and treatment. PATIENTS: A total of 1753 patients attended open access endoscopy. From these, 166 patients with dysplasia, intestinal metaplasia, atrophic gastritis, foveolar hyperplasia, regenerative changes, polyps, or ulcers who agreed to undergo annual surveillance endoscopy were studied. METHODS: Patients were endoscoped annually. Additionally, patients with ulcers were re-examined at two monthly intervals until ulcer healing. Cancers detected were treated by gastrectomy. RESULTS: Twenty two of 1753 patients attending open access endoscopy had gastric cancer (1.3%). In the study population, 14 cancers were detected over 10 years (8.4 %). These were of an earlier stage than those detected at open access (stage I and II 67% v 23%; p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-381
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002


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