Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove small lesions in the esophagus that can range from precancerous lesions, such as low-grade or high-grade dysplasia (abnormal cells), to early noninvasive (superficial) cancer. EMR is preceded by an upper endoscopy or endoscopic ultrasound to diagnose and stage the lesions and can assess how deep the tumor has penetrated into the wall of the esophagus. If it is possible to remove the lesions, EMR may be used as a minimally invasive method to remove the entire lesion, instead of performing an esophagectomy, in a selected group of patients. Close endoscopic follow-up is necessary after EMR.
Documented complete resection provides cure from the lesions. Close endoscopic follow-up is still necessary after EMR.
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