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Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Sep;88(3):527-535.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2018.04.2363. Epub 2018 May 8.

A novel submucosal injection solution for endoscopic resection of large colorectal lesions: a randomized, double-blind trial.

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Humanitas Research Hospital, Humanitas University, Milan, Italy.
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Solent Centre for Digestive Diseases, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Endoscopy Unit, Nuovo Regina Margherita Hospital, Rome, Italy.
Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.



SIC-8000 (Eleview) is a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved solution for submucosal injection developed to provide a long-lasting cushion to facilitate endoscopic resection maneuvers. Our aim was to compare the efficacy and safety of SIC-8000 with those of saline solution, when performing EMR of large colorectal lesions.


In a randomized double-blind trial, patients undergoing EMR for colorectal non-pedunculated lesions ≥20 mm were randomized in a 1:1 ratio between SIC-8000 and saline solution as control solution in 5 tertiary centers. Endoscopists and patients were blinded to the type of submucosal solution used. Total volume to complete EMR and per lesion size and time of resection were primary endpoints; the Sydney Resection Quotient (SRQ), as well as other EMR outcomes, and the rate of adverse events were secondary endpoints. A 30-day telephone follow-up was performed. An alpha level <0.05 was considered as statistically significant.


Of the 327 patients screened, 226 (mean age, 66 ± 10 years; males, 56%) were enrolled in the study and randomized between the 2 submucosal agents. Of these, 211 patients (mean size of the lesions 33 ± 13 mm; Paris class Is, 36%; proximal colon, 74%) were entered in the final analysis (SIC-8000, 102; saline solution, 109). EMR was complete in all cases. The total volume needed for EMR was significantly less in the SIC-8000 arm compared with saline group (16.1 ± 9.8 mL vs 31.6 ± 32.0 mL; P < .001). This corresponded to an average volume per lesion size of 0.5 ± 0.3 mL/mm and 0.9 ± 0.6 mL/mm with SIC-8000 and saline solution, respectively (P < .001). The mean time to completely resect the lesion tended to be lower with SIC-8000 than with saline solution (19.1 ± 16.8 minutes vs 29.7 ± 68.9 minutes; P = .1). The SRQ was significantly higher with SIC-8000 compared with saline solution (10.3 ± 8.1 vs 8.0 ± 5.7; P = .04) with a trend for a lower number of resected pieces (5.7 ± 6.0 vs 6.5 ± 5.04; P = .052) and a higher rate of en bloc resections (19/102, 18.6% vs 12/111, 11.0%; P = .1). The rate of adverse events was similar between the 2 arms (SIC-8000, 18.6%; saline solution, 17%), and none of the serious adverse events (SIC-8000, 8.8%; saline solution, 10.7%) were related to the study treatment.


In a double-blind, randomized clinical trial, a new FDA-approved agent for sub-mucosal injection appeared to be a more effective and equally safe submucosal agent for EMR injection than saline solution. (Clinical trial registration number: NCT02654418.).


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