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Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Mar;87(3):837-842. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.11.002. Epub 2017 Nov 10.

Cold EMR of large sessile serrated polyps at colonoscopy (with video).

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Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Mater Health, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.



The optimal technique for the resection of sessile serrated polyps (SSPs) is unknown, with established limitations and risks with conventional polypectomy. Although cold snare polypectomy is safe, the efficacy of piecemeal resection for large lesions is untested. In this study we evaluate the safety and efficacy of cold EMR for large SSPs.


Patients presenting for elective colonoscopy at an academic endoscopy center with 1 or more SSPs ≥10 mm in size were enrolled, excluding those on anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy other than aspirin. Lesions were resected with a cold EMR technique comprising submucosal injection of succinylated gelatin and dilute methylene blue before piecemeal cold snare resection of all visible polyp with a margin of normal tissue. Outcomes were the presence of residual serrated neoplasia in biopsy specimens from the defect margin and findings on surveillance colonoscopy.


Cold EMR was performed on 163 SSPs during 105 procedures in 99 patients (97% women; median age, 57 years). The mean size was 17.5 mm: 61 SSPs were ≥20 mm and 13 SSPs ≥30 mm, and 97.5% were in the proximal colon. Cytologic dysplasia was present in 2 (1.2%). Margin biopsy specimens were positive in 2 lesions (1.2%). Surveillance colonoscopy for 82% of lesions (median, 5 months) showed residual serrated tissue in 1, treated with cold snare, but no evidence of recurrence in the remainder. Minor adverse events were seen in 3 patients; no delayed bleeding was observed.


Cold EMR is a safe and effective method for the removal of large SSPs.

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