Skip Navigation
Skip to contents

Clin Endosc : Clinical Endoscopy

OPEN ACCESS

Articles

Page Path
HOME > Clin Endosc > Volume 55(4); 2022 > Article
Editorial Prevention of stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection for esophageal cancer: intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube
Jong Yeul Lee,orcid
Clinical Endoscopy 2022;55(4):516-517.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5946/ce.2022.164
Published online: July 28, 2022

Center for Gastric Cancer, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea

Correspondence: Jong Yeul Lee Center for Gastric Cancer, National Cancer Center, 323 Ilsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang 10408, Korea E-mail: jylee@ncc.re.kr
• Received: June 6, 2022   • Revised: July 3, 2022   • Accepted: July 4, 2022

Copyright © 2022 Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

  • 2,290 Views
  • 125 Download
  • 1 Web of Science
  • 1 Crossref
  • 1 Scopus
prev next
See the article "Intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube to prevent stenosis after endoscopic submucosal dissection of esophageal cancer" on page 520.
Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is widely used for the treatment of superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma with a low risk of lymph node metastasis in patients because of its minimal invasiveness and good clinical outcomes.1 ESD enables en bloc and R0 resections of large lesions and accurate pathological evaluations.2 However, esophageal ESD is technically challenging because of the narrow lumen and thin wall of the esophagus and is associated with an increased risk of esophageal stricture and perforation.3
Extensive esophageal ESD can lead to post-ESD esophageal stricture formation. The risk of esophageal stricture reportedly increases in patients with mucosal defects involving >75% of the esophageal circumference.4 Furthermore, in the absence of preventive measures, esophageal strictures develop in 66% to 88% and 100% of the patients with mucosal defects involving >75% of the esophageal circumference and the entire esophageal circumference, respectively.5,6 Post-ESD esophageal strictures cause dysphagia, greatly reduce quality of life, and require multiple endoscopic dilations in patients. Therefore, most clinical practice guidelines for esophageal ESD recommend prophylactic treatment of post-ESD esophageal strictures.5-7 The 2020 Korean clinical practice guidelines for esophageal ESD recommend the use of oral steroid or local steroid injection therapy in patients with mucosal defects involving >75% of the esophageal circumference.5 The esophageal cancer practice guidelines 2017, edited by the Japan Esophageal Society, recommend the use of prophylactic endoscopic balloon dilatation, local steroid injection, or oral steroid therapy,7 while the 2020 Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society guidelines recommend the use of local triamcinolone injection in patients with mucosal defects involving >75% of the esophageal circumference.6 A study comparing the efficacies of oral steroid therapy and prophylactic endoscopic balloon dilatation showed that oral steroid therapy was superior to prophylactic endoscopic balloon dilatation for esophageal stricture prevention.8 Patients receiving oral steroid therapy usually receive prednisolone at a starting dose of 30 mg/day, which is tapered over 2 to 12 weeks.5 However, oral steroid use may cause systemic adverse events such as immunosuppression, infection, worsening diabetes, and peptic ulcer disease. Local triamcinolone or dexamethasone injection into the post-ESD esophageal ulcer site effectively prevents esophageal stricture and induces fewer systemic adverse effects than does oral prednisolone therapy owing to minimal systemic absorption. The steroid injected into the ulcer site is gradually absorbed over a few weeks, which inhibits inflammation and fibrosis in the post-ESD esophageal ulcer. However, the local steroid injection technique requires highly skilled endoscopists because the steroid needs to be injected into the residual submucosal tissue of the ulcer bed at multiple sites. Perforation can be caused by the injection needle itself, and delayed perforation or infection such as abscess formation following steroid injection into the muscle layer may occur.9,10 Therefore, great care should be taken to avoid injecting steroids into the muscle layer during local steroid injection therapy. To date, no study has conclusively determined whether local steroid injection or oral steroid therapy is more effective for post-ESD esophageal strictures. A Japanese prospective comparative study on the stenosis-preventive effect of submucosal triamcinolone injection and oral prednisolone treatment (JCOG1217) is ongoing, and its results would help to determine the optimal post-ESD esophageal stricture prevention method.11
In a study recently published in Clinical Endoscopy, Goto et al.12 described a new intralesional steroid infusion method using a spray tube and evaluated its efficacy and safety in preventing stenosis after ESD for superficial esophageal cancer. Intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube was performed in 27 patients immediately after ESD with ≥75% of the luminal circumference resected. Of the 27 patients, 22 (81.5%) had favorable outcomes without stenosis. Stenosis was found in five patients (18.5%) who underwent endoscopic balloon dilatation. No complications associated with intralesional steroid infusion were observed. Therefore, this novel method was determined to be effective and safe for stenosis prevention after ESD for superficial esophageal cancer. Considering the technical difficulties and complications associated with local steroid injection, the intralesional steroid infusion method is an attractive technical option for endoscopists who are not sufficiently familiar with the local steroid injection method. However, this study was limited by its single-center design and the lack of comparison between this novel technique and conventional needle-based methods. Further large-scale randomized studies comparing the two methods are needed to draw definitive conclusions.

Conflicts of Interest

The author has no potential conflicts of interest.

Funding

None.

  • 1. Yamashina T, Ishihara R, Nagai K, et al. Long-term outcome and metastatic risk after endoscopic resection of superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Am J Gastroenterol 2013;108:544–551.ArticlePubMedPDF
  • 2. Kawashima K, Abe S, Koga M, et al. Optimal selection of endoscopic resection in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma: endoscopic mucosal resection versus endoscopic submucosal dissection according to lesion size. Dis Esophagus 2021;34:doaa096.ArticlePubMedPDF
  • 3. Oyama T. Esophageal ESD: technique and prevention of complications. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am 2014;24:201–212.ArticlePubMed
  • 4. Ono S, Fujishiro M, Niimi K, et al. Predictors of postoperative stricture after esophageal endoscopic submucosal dissection for superficial squamous cell neoplasms. Endoscopy 2009;41:661–665.ArticlePubMed
  • 5. Park CH, Yang DH, Kim JW, et al. Clinical practice guideline for endoscopic resection of early gastrointestinal cancer. Clin Endosc 2020;53:142–166.ArticlePubMedPMCPDF
  • 6. Ishihara R, Arima M, Iizuka T, et al. Endoscopic submucosal dissection/endoscopic mucosal resection guidelines for esophageal cancer. Dig Endosc 2020;32:452–493.ArticlePubMedPDF
  • 7. Kitagawa Y, Uno T, Oyama T, et al. Esophageal cancer practice guidelines 2017 edited by the Japan Esophageal Society: part 1. Esophagus 2019;16:1–24.ArticlePubMedPMCPDF
  • 8. Yamaguchi N, Isomoto H, Nakayama T, et al. Usefulness of oral prednisolone in the treatment of esophageal stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection for superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Gastrointest Endosc 2011;73:1115–1121.ArticlePubMed
  • 9. Yamashina T, Uedo N, Fujii M, et al. Delayed perforation after intralesional triamcinolone injection for esophageal stricture following endoscopic submucosal dissection. Endoscopy 2013;45 Suppl 2:E92.Article
  • 10. Yamashita S, Kato M, Fujimoto A, et al. Inadequate steroid injection after esophageal ESD might cause mural necrosis. Endosc Int Open 2019;7:E115–E121.ArticlePubMedPMC
  • 11. Mizutani T, Tanaka M, Eba J, et al. A Phase III study of oral steroid administration versus local steroid injection therapy for the prevention of esophageal stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection (JCOG1217, Steroid EESD P3). Jpn J Clin Oncol 2015;45:1087–1090.ArticlePubMed
  • 12. Goto A, Okamoto T, Ogawa R, et al. Intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube to prevent stenosis after endoscopic submucosal dissection of esophageal cancer. Clin Endosc 2022;55:520–524.ArticlePubMedPMCPDF

Figure & Data

REFERENCES

    Citations

    Citations to this article as recorded by  
    • The endoscopic management of oesophageal strictures
      Benjamin Charles Norton, Apostolis Papaefthymiou, Nasar Aslam, Andrea Telese, Charles Murray, Alberto Murino, Gavin Johnson, Rehan Haidry
      Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology.2024; 69: 101899.     CrossRef

    • PubReader PubReader
    • ePub LinkePub Link
    • Cite
      CITE
      export Copy Download
      Close
      Download Citation
      Download a citation file in RIS format that can be imported by all major citation management software, including EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, and Reference Manager.

      Format:
      • RIS — For EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, and most other reference management software
      • BibTeX — For JabRef, BibDesk, and other BibTeX-specific software
      Include:
      • Citation for the content below
      Prevention of stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection for esophageal cancer: intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube
      Clin Endosc. 2022;55(4):516-517.   Published online July 28, 2022
      Close
    • XML DownloadXML Download
    Related articles
    Prevention of stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection for esophageal cancer: intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube
    Prevention of stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection for esophageal cancer: intralesional steroid infusion using a spray tube

    Clin Endosc : Clinical Endoscopy Twitter Facebook
    Close layer
    TOP