Clinicopathological features of early gastric cancer with duodenal invasion

Namikawa, Tsutomu; Hanazaki, Kazuhiro; Kupcinskas, Limas
May 2009
World Journal of Gastroenterology;5/21/2009, Vol. 15 Issue 19, p2309
Academic Journal
The incidence of early gastric cancer (EGC) with duodenal invasion is extremely low, although advanced gastric cancer that arises in the antrum occasionally invades the duodenum. We investigated the clinicopathological features of EGC with duodenal invasion and provided strategies for clinical management. A Medline search was performed using the keyword "early gastric cancer" and "duodenal invasion". Additional articles were obtained from references within the papers identified by the Medline search. We revealed that EGC with duodenal invasion was of the superficial spreading type of tumor. Tumors > 60 mm in size invaded the duodenum more extensively, and the distance of duodenal invasion from the pyloric ring was further in the elevated type than in the depressed type of tumor. There was no significant difference between the length of duodenal invasion and the histological type of the tumor. Gastric cancer located adjacent to the pyloric ring, even if cancer invasion was confined to the mucosa or submucosa, was more likely to invade the duodenum. The present study reveals that the elevated type of EGC is associated with more extensive duodenal invasion when the tumor size is > 60 mm, thus highlighting the importance of identification of duodenal invasion in these cases. We also reveal that sufficient duodenal resection with a cancer-free distal surgical margin should be performed in cases of duodenal invasion.


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