Background: Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is a novel endoluminal technique that permits the resection of gastric neoplasms. Aim: To analyse the feasibility of snaring as the final step of ESD. Patients and methods: One hundred and ninety-nine consecutive gastric neoplasms resected by four ESD experts from January 2004 to May 2007 were investigated. Forty-five (22.6%) were finally resected finally using a snare. Rates of en bloc resection, complete (R0 plus en bloc) resection, mean operation time, and complications were assessed between the snaring and the non-snaring groups. Results: En bloc resection rate was significantly lower and delayed bleeding rate was significantly higher in the snaring group than in the non-snaring group (91.1% [41/45] vs. 100% [154/154], 11.1% [5/45] vs. 1.9% [3/154], respectively), although complete resection rate (86.7% [39/45] vs. 92.9% [143/154]) and mean operation time (70.2 min vs. 75.8 min) were not significantly different between the two groups. Six perforation cases (3 [6.7%] in the snaring group, 3 [1.9%] in the non-snaring group) were observed, but snaring did not lead to perforation in any case. When the subjects were divided into small (≤2 cm) and large (>2 cm) tumours, en bloc resection rate in large tumours was still significantly different between the groups (76.9% [10/13] vs. 100% [67/67]), whereas in small tumours it was no longer significantly different (96.9% [31/32] vs. 100% [87/87]). Conclusions: Snaring may facilitate successful ESD for smaller tumours, but multiple-piece resection should be taken into account especially for larger tumours.
- Endoscopic submucosal dissection
- Piecemeal resection
- Snaring resection
- Stomach neoplasm
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