Endoscopic Treatment of Minute Gastric Cancer in Cases of a Disappearing-Cancer Biopsy
When diagnosing early gastric cancer by endoscopy, a lesion diameter of 3 mm has been thought to represent the lower limit of detection (1). In general, minute cancer is defined as a tumor ≤5 mm in diameter. Owing to the advances in endoscopic devices, it has become possible to diagnose gastric cancer preoperatively using magnifying endoscopy with narrow band imaging (NBI) (2), although a pathological diagnosis by biopsy is usually employed.
KeywordsGastric Cancer Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection Early Gastric Cancer Endoscopic Resection Endoscopic Treatment
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