Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has become a widely accepted method for treating gastrointestinal cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ESD for gastric cancer in patients with liver cirrhosis. A total of 18 gastric cancers were treated by ESD in 15 patients with cirrhosis. The rate of en bloc resection was 88.9% (16/18). En bloc resection with tumorfree lateral/ basal margins (RO resection) was 77.8% (14/18). Three patients had postoperative bleeding and underwent emergency gastroscopy for hemostasis. No recurrence was observed during the median follow-up of 21.4 months, excluding three patients in whom additional endoscopic resection or surgery was carried out ESD can be safely performed for gastric cancer in patients with cirrhosis, resulting in a high en bloc resection rate.
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