Techniques of endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) can dramatically improve the ability to diagnose and treat superficial lesions in the gastrointestinal tract. Early cancers, subepithelial tumors, and sessile polyps can be safely and completely removed in a single procedure. Recovery of the entire lesion with margins enables precise staging and evolution of the most effective management plan. Because necessary instruments are routinely stocked in most endoscopy units, EMR can be readily incorporated into practice. The procedure carries low complication rates, provided that endoscopists are familiar with indications and steps for implementation. This article is intended to acquaint those not performing EMR with the procedure and to review pertinent clinical experience.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging