Background: EMR for early neoplastic Barrett's esophagus is gaining favor over esophagectomy. Esophageal stricture development has been reported as a common complication of EMR, photodynamic therapy, and combination endoscopic therapy. Objective: To determine clinical and procedural predictors of symptomatic stricture formation after EMR. Design: Retrospective analysis. Setting: Tertiary-care referral university hospital. Patients: Data were retrospectively reviewed on 73 patients at our institution who underwent EMR monotherapy for Barrett's esophagus with high-grade dysplasia or intramucosal cancer since January 2006. Intervention: EMR. Main Outcome Measurements: Symptomatic esophageal stricture formation. Results: Symptomatic esophageal stricture formation was noted in 24.7% of patients undergoing EMR. Stricture formation on univariate analysis was associated with percentage of circumference of esophageal lumen resected, total pieces resected, number of EMR sessions, and tobacco use. A threshold effect was found at 50% of esophageal circumference resected (66.7% vs 27.2% developed strictures above and below the threshold, respectively; P =.004). A 25-pack-year or greater history of tobacco use had a threshold effect on esophageal stricture formation (77.8% vs 7.2% developed strictures above and below the threshold, respectively; P =.02). In multivariate analysis, resection of >50% of the circumference was strongly associated with stricture formation (odds ratio [OR] 4.17; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.27-13.7). A 25-pack-year or greater history of tobacco use also trended toward stricture formation (OR 3.33; 95% CI, 0.929-12.1). Limitations: Retrospective design, sample size. Conclusion: Resection of at least 50% of the esophageal mucosal circumference is strongly associated with stricture formation. Patients with strong histories of tobacco use also may be more likely to develop esophageal strictures following EMR.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging