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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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ARANTES, Vitor; FORERO PINEROS, Elías Alfonso  and  TOYONAGA, Takashi. Advances in Management of Early Esophageal Carcinoma. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2013, vol.28, n.3, pp.208-218. ISSN 0120-9957.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the esophagus has a poor prognosis because it is generally detected in its advanced stages. Recently however, the development of high resolution endoscopy with digital chromoscopy and Lugol favors diagnosis of SCC in its initial stages. This development was made parallel to development of important endoscopic techniques for endoluminal resectioning of tumors "en bloque" from endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). These advances have increased the indications for minimally invasive endoscopic treatment of SCC of the esophagus providing patients with the potential of a cure. This review article aims to provide an understanding of the most recent and most important advances related to management of early SCC of the esophagus. The secondary objective of this article is to provide a detailed review of the ESD technique developed by Japanese experts. Both objectives have the aim of contributing to the diffusion of ESD and these new technologies to Latin American endoscopy and their incorporation into Latin American gastroenterological practice

Keywords : Early esophageal carcinoma; endoscopic resection; endoscopic dissection.

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