Current Colorectal Cancer Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 22–30 | Cite as

Endoscopic Full-Thickness Resection for Colorectal Neoplasm: Current Status and Future Directions

  • Shintaro Fujihara
  • Hirohito Mori
  • Hideki Kobara
  • Noriko Nishiyama
  • Akira Yoshitake
  • Tsutomu Masaki
Surgery and Surgical Innovations in Colorectal Cancer (S Huerta, Section Editor)
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Purpose of Review

Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is recognized as a minimally invasive treatment for colorectal cancer. However, colorectal ESD has not been internationally accepted as a first-line therapeutic option due to technical difficulties and high complication rates. Non-lifting tumors present a further limitation of ESD. Colorectal endoscopic full-thickness resection (eFTR) with over-the-scope clips (OTSCs) shows great potential in patients for whom ESD is not possible and also for those who might have ESD-related complications. The present manuscript aims to discuss the complementary role of eFTR using OTSCs and the future development of eFTR with a novel suturing device.

Recent Findings

Colorectal eFTR is feasible and has acceptable en bloc and R0 resection rates and procedure-related adverse events. This technique is primarily used for non-lifting and recurrent adenomas, especially in lesions ≤ 2 cm. This approach offers the potential to decrease the postoperative morbidity and mortality associated with segmental colectomy while enhancing the diagnostic yield compared to that of current endoscopic techniques.


eFTR using OTSCs is a safe and effective procedure for treating colorectal non-lifting and recurrent adenoma. The indications may be expanded to include subepithelial tumors, carcinoid tumors, and neuromuscular GI disorders. eFTR using OTSCs is not recommended for large lesions (> 30 mm), but innovative methods and new devices for eFTR and suturing will overcome the limitations by allowing minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer in the near future.


Endoscopic full-thickness resection Endoscopic mucosal resection Endoscopic submucosal resection Colon Over-the-scope clip Colorectal cancer 



Endoscopic mucosal resection


Endoscopic submucosal dissection






Over-the-scope clip


Full-thickness resection device


Endoscopic full-thickness resection



This article is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Hirohito Mori, Dr. Hideki Kobara, and Dr. Noriko Nishiyama who were our teachers and role models. They were always the first to try innovative ideas and inspired those around them to never stop challenging themselves.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shintaro Fujihara
    • 1
  • Hirohito Mori
    • 2
  • Hideki Kobara
    • 2
  • Noriko Nishiyama
    • 2
  • Akira Yoshitake
    • 1
  • Tsutomu Masaki
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyKagawa Rosai HospitalMarugameJapan
  2. 2.Department of Gastroenterology and Neurology, Faculty of MedicineKagawa UniversityTakamatsuJapan

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