Safeness of Endoscopic Resection in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease on Dialysis

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Clin Endosc. 2020;53(4):381-382
Publication date (electronic) : 2020 July 30
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Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea
Correspondence: Sun-Jin Boo Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, 15 Aran 13-gil, Jeju 63241 Korea Tel: +82-64-754-8122, Fax: +82-64-727-3114, E-mail:
Received 2020 July 6; Revised 2020 July 16; Accepted 2020 July 16.

See “Bleeding after Endoscopic Resection in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease on Dialysis: A Multicenter Propensity ScoreMatched Analysis” by In Kyung Yoo, Chan Gyoo Kim, Young Ju Suh, et al., on page [Related article:] 452-457.

Endoscopic resection (ER), by either endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), is a well-established method as treatment for superficial gastrointestinal tumors [1]. However, ER may be accompanied by the risk of adverse events such as bleeding or perforation associated with the procedure. In particular, bleeding after ER is one of the most frequent adverse events. In general, post-ER bleeding occurs in about 5% of cases after the procedure, and ESD is known to have a higher risk of bleeding than EMR [2]. Many variables including male gender, the size of the tumor and resected specimen, chronic kidney disease (CKD), liver cirrhosis, and the use of antithrombotic drugs are known risk factors of bleeding after ER [2,3]. Dialysis among patients with CKD is associated with an increased post-ER bleeding risk. Previous studies have reported that the rate of post-ESD bleeding in hemodialysis patients is 20% to 33% [4,5]. Various factors in CKD patients lead to decreased platelet aggregation and prolonged bleeding time. Moreover, using anticoagulant agents during dialysis may cause hemostatic abnormalities [6]. Previous small studies have also reported that gastric acid hypersecretion and hypergastrinemia exist in some end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on hemodialysis [7,8].

In this issue of Clinical Endoscopy, Yoo et al. [9] showed that ESRD on dialysis was a significant risk for post-ER bleeding when compared with non-ESRD cases (25.5% vs. 5.3%). In both groups of this study, most of the ER methods were ESD, and EMR was performed only in less than 5% of patients. Although ESRD patients on dialysis had more frequent post-ER bleeding than non-ESRD patients, all cases of bleeding were treated endoscopically without complications. They suggested that endoscopists should not hesitate to endoscopically resect gastric neoplasms in ESRD patients on dialysis due to concerns about bleeding.

There are some things to consider to reduce the risk of bleeding when ER is performed in ESRD patients on dialysis. ESRD patients receiving hemodialysis are at a higher risk of post-ER bleeding than CKD patients who do not require hemodialysis [4]. The use of anticoagulants such as heparin during hemodialysis may increase the risk of post-ER bleeding. Hemodialysis is desirable to be performed the day before ER, and in hemodialysis session, it is recommended to use nafamostat mesylate as a hemodialysis anticoagulant instead of heparin [4]. Second-look endoscopy may be more important when ER is performed in ESRD patients on dialysis than in non-ESRD patients. Goto et al. suggested that second-look endoscopy to prevent delayed bleeding after ESD may be omitted to avoid an excessive or unnecessary examination since the rates of delayed bleeding before and after the second-look endoscopy were 2.8% and 2.5%, respectively [10]. On the other hand, Numata et al. suggested that second-look endoscopy may be more helpful in high-risk patients of post-ESD bleeding and second-look endoscopy should be performed as soon as possible within 24 hours after ESD in hemodialysis patients [4].

In this study, although the rate of post-ER bleeding was high in ESRD patients on dialysis, all patients who had bleeding were successfully treated endoscopically without sequelae [9]. However, Numata et al. reported two cases of death due to post-ESD bleeding in ESRD patients undergoing hemodialysis, one caused by femoral infarction, and the other caused by alveolar hemorrhage after post-ESD bleeding [4]. Because CKD patients have a high risk for cardiovascular diseases, it is important to monitor whether complications occur after post-ER bleeding, even if bleeding is well treated. Although there are difficulties in performing endoscopic treatment for ESRD patients on hemodialysis, it is recommended that ER should be the first therapeutic option for completely resectable tumors, since it is apparent that ER is less invasive than surgery.

This study has limitations of a retrospective research, but it has the strength that many ESRD patients on dialysis were enrolled from 10 centers and propensity score matching was used to reduce the confounding effects of a retrospective study. Additional prospective studies will be needed to verify the safeness of ER in patients with ESRD on dialysis.


Conflicts of Interest: The author has no financial conflicts of interest.


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