What is the role of endoscopy in the treatment of lipomas?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Todd A Nickloes, DO, FACOS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Nonoperative therapy includes endoscopic excision of tumors in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract (ie, esophagus, stomach, or duodenum) or the colon. Colonoscopic snare removal has been described but may be associated with perforation if the base is broad. Japanese authors reported a safe technique in which a bipolar snare was used and the mucosa of the defective region was clipped. [22] Otherwise, surgical removal is indicated.


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