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Colon Polypectomy: A Review of Routine and Advanced Techniques

Kedia, Prashant MD; Waye, Jerome D. MD

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: September 2013 - Volume 47 - Issue 8 - p 657–665
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e31829ebda7
Clinical Reviews

The value of performing comprehensive screening colonoscopy with complete colon polypectomy is widely accepted. Colon cancer is a significant cause of worldwide mortality and prospective studies have proven that colonoscopic polypectomy reduces both the incidence and mortality related to this disease. Over the past few decades the array of instruments and techniques have greatly expanded to assist with the safe endoscopic removal of colon polyps. This article will review the published literature regarding efficacy and safety of standard polypectomy techniques such as snare polypectomy, electrocautery, and endoscopic mucosal resection along with newer techniques such as endoscopic submucosal dissection and combined laparoscopic techniques.

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Reprints: Prashant Kedia, MD, 1501 Lexington Avenue, Suite 8F, New York, NY 10029 (e-mail: prk9018@med.cornell.edu).

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins