International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 131–139 | Cite as

Detection rate and proximal shift tendency of adenomas and serrated polyps: a retrospective study of 62,560 colonoscopies

  • Shuling Chen
  • Kaiyu Sun
  • Kang Chao
  • Yuli Sun
  • Liru Hong
  • Zijin Weng
  • Yi Cui
  • Minhu Chen
  • Shenghong Zhang
Original Article



The purpose of this study is to estimate the detection rates of adenomas and serrated polyps and to identify proximalization and associate risk factors in patients from Southern China.


Consecutive patients undergoing colonoscopy from 2004 to 2013 in Guangzhou were included. The proportions of proximal adenomas to advanced adenomas and serrated polyps were compared and potential predictors were evaluated.


Colonoscopies (n = 62,560) were performed, and 11,427 patients were diagnosed with polyps. Detection rates for adenomas, hyperplastic polyps, and serrated adenomas were 12.0, 2.5, and 0.2 patients per 100 colonoscopies. When comparing the 1st (2004–2008) to the 2nd period (2009–2013), adenoma and serrated polyp detection in proximal and distal colon both increased significantly (proximal colon [adenoma 3.9 vs. 6.1 patients/100 colonoscopies, P < 0.001; serrated polyp 0.4 vs. 1.1 patients/100 colonoscopies, P < 0.001]; distal colon [adenoma 6.6 vs. 7.2 patients/100 colonoscopies, P = 0.003; serrated polyp 1.2 vs. 2.4 patients/100 colonoscopies, P < 0.001]). Advanced adenoma detection increased over these two periods only in proximal colon (1st vs. 2nd period: 1.5 vs. 2.4 patients/100 colonoscopies, P < 0.001), not the distal colon (P = 0.114). Multivariate analyses showed that diagnostic period was an independent predictor for adenoma proximalization (OR = 1.36, 95% CI 1.25–1.48, P < 0.001), but not for advanced adenomas (P = 0.117) or serrated polyps (P = 0.928).


Adenomas and serrated polyps were increasingly detected throughout the colon, whereas advanced adenomas were only in proximal colon. A proximal shift tendency detected by colonoscopy was observed for adenomas, but not advanced adenomas or serrated polyps, in Southern China. The screening for proximal polyps should be emphasized and colonoscopy might be a preferred initial screening tool.


Adenoma Colorectal carcinoma Detection rate Proximal shift Serrated polyp 


Authors contributions

SHZ designed and conceived the study; SLC, KYS, KC, YLS, ZJW, and LRH collected data, performed statistical analyses, and interpreted the data; SLC, KC, and YLS drafted the manuscript; KYS, SHZ, LRH, MHC, and YC revised and rechecked the articles. All authors approved the final manuscript. SHZ guarantees the article.

Compliance with ethical standards

The study protocol was approved by the Human Ethics Committee of The First Affiliated Hospital at Sun Yat-sen University and was conducted according to Declaration of Helsinki. Written consent was given to patients’ legal guardians for their information to be stored in the hospital database and used for research. The detailed data are stored in the Endoscopy Center of our hospital and only available after the approval of patients and the Human Ethics Committee of our hospital.

Conflict of interests

All the authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Grant support

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (81301769, 81670498), the Guangdong Science and Technology Department (2014A020212128; 2016A020214006), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of Sun Yat-sen University (15ykpy12), and the Pearl River S&T Nova Program of Guangzhou (201610010126) supported this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuling Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kaiyu Sun
    • 3
  • Kang Chao
    • 4
  • Yuli Sun
    • 1
  • Liru Hong
    • 5
  • Zijin Weng
    • 1
  • Yi Cui
    • 1
  • Minhu Chen
    • 1
  • Shenghong Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology, The First Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Division of Gastroenterology and Division of Medical Ultrasonics, The First Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, The First Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Division of Gastroenterology, The Sixth Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Division of Gastroenterology, The Shantou Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityShantouPeople’s Republic of China

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