Gut and Liver 2008; 2(3): 193-198 https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl.2008.2.3.193 Clinicopathologic Characteristics of Barrett's Cancer in Korea
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Jun-Won Chung*, Gin Hyug Lee*, Hwoon-Yong Jung*, Kee Don Choi*, Ho June Song*, Kwi-Sook Choi*, Hyung Chul Oh*, Kee Wook Jung*, Jae Won Choe, Jeong Won Kim, Eunsil Yu, and Jin-Ho Kim*
Departments of *Internal Medicine, Health Medicine and Pathology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea

Gin Hyug Lee
© The Korean Society of Gastroenterology, the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, Korean College of Helicobacter and Upper Gastrointestinal Research, Korean Association the Study of Intestinal Diseases, the Korean Association for the Study of the Liver, Korean Pancreatobiliary Association, and Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Cancer. All rights reserved.

Abstract
Background/Aims: The incidence of Barrett's cancer is increasing in Western countries, but there have been only a few case reports of this condition in Korea. The aim of this study was to elucidate the endoscopic and pathologic characteristics of Barrett's cancer in a single center in Korea. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the demographic, endoscopic, and pathologic characteristics of six patients with Barrett's cancer, defined as a tumor centered above the esophagogastric junction and surrounded by Barrett's esophagus. Results: All six patients were male, and three (50%) were symptomatic. Barrett's cancer had developed from short-segment Barrett's esophagus in all patients. All tumors were located on the right side of the lower esophagus and showed hyperemic mucosal changes. Three patients were treated surgically and three by endoscopic resection. All cases had pathologic evidence of Barrett's cancer. Conclusions: Early detection of Barrett's cancer requires meticulous endoscopic observations of subtle mucosal color and morphological changes around the esophagogastric junction. (Gut and Liver 2008;2:193- 198)
Keywords: Barrett esophagus; Esophageal neoplasms
Abstract
Background/Aims: The incidence of Barrett's cancer is increasing in Western countries, but there have been only a few case reports of this condition in Korea. The aim of this study was to elucidate the endoscopic and pathologic characteristics of Barrett's cancer in a single center in Korea. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the demographic, endoscopic, and pathologic characteristics of six patients with Barrett's cancer, defined as a tumor centered above the esophagogastric junction and surrounded by Barrett's esophagus. Results: All six patients were male, and three (50%) were symptomatic. Barrett's cancer had developed from short-segment Barrett's esophagus in all patients. All tumors were located on the right side of the lower esophagus and showed hyperemic mucosal changes. Three patients were treated surgically and three by endoscopic resection. All cases had pathologic evidence of Barrett's cancer. Conclusions: Early detection of Barrett's cancer requires meticulous endoscopic observations of subtle mucosal color and morphological changes around the esophagogastric junction. (Gut and Liver 2008;2:193- 198)
Keywords: Barrett esophagus; Esophageal neoplasms
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