Yonsei Med J.  2020 Jul;61(7):579-586. 10.3349/ymj.2020.61.7.579.

Changes in Abdominal Obesity Affect the Risk of Metachronous Advanced Colorectal Neoplasia Development after Polypectomy

  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


The impact of changes in body mass index and waist circumference on the development of metachronous colorectal neoplasia (CRN) after polypectomy has rarely been examined. We evaluated the association between changes in overall/abdominal obesity and metachronous CRN risk.
Materials and Methods
We studied patients who underwent ≥1 adenoma removal and surveillance colonoscopy. Patients were classified into the following four groups based on the changes in overall obesity from index to follow-up colonoscopy: non-obesity persisted (group 1), obesity to non-obesity (group 2), non-obesity to obesity (group 3), and obesity persisted (group 4). Patients were also divided into another four groups based on similar changes in abdominal obesity (groups 5–8).
The number of patients in groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 was 5074, 457, 643, and 3538, respectively, and that in groups 5, 6, 7, and 8 was 4229, 538, 656, and 2189, respectively. Group 4 had a significantly higher risk of metachronous CRN compared to groups 1 and 2. However, metachronous advanced CRN (ACRN) risk was not different among groups 1, 2, 3, and 4. Metachronous CRN risk in group 8 (abdominal obesity persisted) was higher than that in groups 5 (non-abdominal obesity persisted) and 7 (non-abdominal obesity to abdominal obesity), and tended to be higher than that in group 6 (abdominal obesity to non-abdominal obesity). Additionally, group 8 had a significantly higher risk of metachronous ACRN compared to groups 5, 6, and 7.
Changes in obesity affected the metachronous CRN risk. In particular, changes in abdominal obesity affected the metachronous ACRN risk.


Metachronous advanced colorectal neoplasia; waist circumference; obesity
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