A procedure to remove abnormal tissues (lesions) and cancerous tissues from the digestive tract is called gastrointestinal endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR).
This procedure is done with a long and narrow tube that has a light and video camera, during this procedure, the endoscope is passed down your throat to reach an abnormally in your stomach, esophagus or upper part of the small intestine or duodenum.
The tube is then guided up through the anus to remove the lesions from the colon. EMR can help determine if cancer if cancer invaded tissues beneath the digestive tract lining and this procedure is also used to collect tissues for diagnosis.
Here are the most common reasons for an endoscopic mucosal resection.
EMR is a less invasive alternative to surgery in removing abnormal tissues from the lining of the digestive tract.
Some of the tissues might be precancerous lesions that may become cancerous; early-stage cancer.
A gastroenterologist who specializes in digestive tract disorders will perform the procedure.
3 Potential Risks
Some of the possible risks of endoscopic mucosal resection include:
puncture or perforation – through the wall of the digestive tract depending on the location and size of the lesion that is removed
bleeding – this is the most common complication and can often be corrected or detected during the procedure
narrowing of the esophagus – the lesion that is circling the esophagus will be removed because it can carry the risk of scarring that will narrow the esophagus which can lead to difficulty in swallowing
Consult your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms after undergoing EMR such as:
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