Clin Endosc.  2020 Mar;53(2):196-205. 10.5946/ce.2019.123.

Risk Factors and Clinical Outcomes of Non-Curative Resection in Patients with Early Gastric Cancer Treated with Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection: A Retrospective Multicenter Study in Korea

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea


The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors and long-term clinical outcomes of non-curative resection (NCR) in a large-scale patient population.
We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 3,094 patients who underwent endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) of early gastric cancer from March 2005 to March 2018 at 13 institutions in Korea. We analyzed the risk factors for NCR and the survival between patients with curative resection and those with NCR with no additional treatment.
The NCR rate was 21.4% (661/3,094). In multivariate regression analysis, the risk factors affecting NCR with ESD were old age, undifferentiated tumor, tumor location in the upper body, tumor size ≥2 cm, and presence of an ulcer. In Cox proportional hazard regression analysis, tumor size ≥2 cm, submucosal invasion, positive horizontal margin, and lymphovascular invasion were risk factors for local recurrence. In Kaplan-Meier analysis, there was no statistically significant difference in the overall survival between the two groups (log-rank p=0.788). However, disease-specific survival was significantly lower in the NCR group (log-rank p=0.038).
Clinicians should be aware of the risk factors for NCR and local recurrence after ESD for early gastric cancer, and should consider providing additional treatment after NCR.


Early gastric cancer; Endoscopic submucosal dissection; Incomplete resection; Follow-up
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