Background: Currently, remnant gastric cancer (RGC) is uncommon compared with gastric stump cancer, but early detection of gastric cancer and improved postsurgical survival will lead to increased incidence of RGC. Therefore, the indication of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for RGC is now required, but there have been no reports about this because of the lack of information for RGC. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted on 105 patients who underwent completion total gastrectomy (CTG) and 5 patients who underwent ESD for RGC between January 1998 and December 2010 at Yonsei University Hospital. Results: Forty-one (39 %) of 105 patients were diagnosed with early RGC. Among these patients, 6 had an absolute indication for ESD, whereas 11 met expanded criteria for ESD. In these patients, there was no association between the severity of the former gastric cancer and the current RGC. Also, none of these 17 patients had LN metastasis after CTG, and only 1 (2.4 %) of 41 early RGC patients had LN metastasis. Median operative time was 216 min for CTG and median hospital stay was 8 days. There were two major and five minor complications. One splenectomy was performed because of injury that occurred during CTG. Conclusions: Applying the indication of ESD for primary gastric cancer to RGC would be possible, and it could be an alternative treatment option for selected patients with RGC.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research