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Highlights from the March GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy special issue on colorectal cancer
Date:3/19/2013

OAK BROOK, Ill. March 19, 2013 In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has published a special issue for March on colorectal cancer. The issue includes a practical guide for approaching and managing serrated colon polyps, one of the most common types of polyps, and a study on reducing postpolypectomy bleeding with prophylactic clip closure. GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

"The cutting edge of serrated polyps: a practical guide to approaching and managing serrated colon polyps"

Colonoscopy with detection and removal of colonic polyps is the foundation of colorectal cancer screening and surveillance programs. However, different types of colonic polyps have different malignant potential and recommendations for removal and follow-up surveillance varies depending on the type of polyp.

The most common colonic polyps include the conventional adenomas (tubular, tubulovillous, and villous adenomas which are precancerous polyps) and serrated polyps. Serrated polyps account for as many as 36 percent of colonic polyps. Initially the hyperplastic (benign) polyp was the only recognized serrated polyp. Today, the term serrated polyp is recognized as a general term describing a heterogeneous family of polyps with distinct molecular underpinnings, clinicopathologic features, and a varied capacity for malignant potential. In this review article from Christina A. Arnold, MD, Ohio State University, Columbus, and colleagues, the salient clinicopathologic features of serrated polyps and practical management recommendations are discussed.

The location and size of the serrated polyp are extremely helpful in determining the type of serrated polyp for the clinician and pathologist, therefore both should be documented. As conventional endoscopic techniques alone are u
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Contact: Anne Brownsey
abrownsey@asge.org
630-570-5635
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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