The risk of neoplasia in patients with Barrett's esophagus indefinite for dysplasia: a multicenter cohort study

Richard Phillips, Wladyslaw Januszewicz, Nastazja D. Pilonis, Maria O'Donovan, Tarek Sawas, David A. Katzka, Rebecca C. Fitzgerald, Massimiliano di Pietro

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Background and Aims: Current understanding of the risk of neoplastic progression in patients with Barrett's esophagus with indefinite dysplasia (BE-IND) stems from small retrospective and pathology registry studies. In this multicenter cohort study, we aimed to determine the incidence and prevalence of neoplasia in BE-IND. Methods: Patients with confirmed BE-IND from 2 academic centers were included if they had no previous evidence of dysplasia and underwent endoscopic follow-up (FU) of ≥1 year. The rate of progression to neoplasia was calculated and categorized as prevalent (progression within 1 year of FU) and incident (progression after 1 year of FU). Multivariable regression adjusted for relevant clinical features was performed to identify risk factors for progression. Results: Four hundred sixty-five patients diagnosed with BE-IND were identified between 1997 and 2017, of which 223 (48.0%) were excluded. Of the remaining 242 patients, 184 (76.0%) had no evidence of dysplasia during FU. In 23 patients (9.5%), prevalent neoplasia occurred (20 low-grade dysplasia [LGD], 2 high-grade dysplasia [HGD], 1 intramucosal cancer [IMC]), whereas 35 patients (14.5%) developed incident neoplasia (27 LGD, 5 HGD, 3 IMC), after a median 1.5 years (interquartile range, 0.6-3.2 years). The incidence rates of any neoplasia and HGD/IMC were 3.2 and 0.6 cases/100 patient-years, respectively. BE length correlated with an increased risk of prevalent (odds ratio, 1.18 per 1 cm; 95% confidence interval, 1.02-1.38; P = .033) and incident neoplasia (odds ratio, 1.02; 95% confidence interval, 1.00-1.03; P = .016). Conclusion: Patients with BE-IND should be closely monitored, because nearly a quarter harbor or will shortly develop dysplasia. BE length is a clinical predictor of neoplastic progression; however, more-accurate molecular biomarkers for risk stratification are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-270.e2
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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