Rebamipide solution: A novel submucosal injection material to promote healing speed and healing quality of ulcers induced by endoscopic submucosal dissection

Ai Fujimoto, Toshio Uraoka, Toshihiro Nishizawa, Masayuki Shimoda, Osamu Goto, Yasutoshi Ochiai, Tadateru Maehata, Teppei Akimoto, Yutaka Mitsunaga, Motoki Sasaki, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Naohisa Yahagi

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Background and Aims: Rebamipide is administered perorally to protect the gastric mucosa. We assessed the efficacy and safety of a novel rebamipide solution as a submucosal injection material for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) using an in vivo porcine model. Methods: An endoscopist blinded to the test agents performed ESDs of hypothetical 30 mm lesions using a 2% rebamipide solution at 2 sites (rebamipide group) and a saline solution at 2 other sites (control group) in the stomachs of 8 pigs. The technical outcomes were compared between the 2 groups. The gastric ulcer stages were evaluated by endoscopy once weekly for 4 weeks after the ESD to determine the healing score (1-6). The pigs were killed at 1 week (n = 2), 2 weeks (n = 2), and 4 weeks (n = 4) after the ESD for pathologic evaluation of ESD-induced ulcers and scarring. Results: There were no significant differences in any of the technical outcomes between the 2 groups, and no adverse events related to the ESD in any of the animals. The healing score was significantly higher in the rebamipide group than in the control group at 2 weeks (P = .027), 3 weeks (P = .034), and 4 weeks (P = .012). In the histopathologic assessment, fibrosis was significantly less extensive in the rebamipide group than in the control group at 2 weeks (P = .02) and 4 weeks (P = .04). Conclusions: The rebamipide solution appeared to promote both the speed and quality of healing of ESD-induced ulcers by suppressing fibrosis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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