Endoscopic Mucosal Resection Treatment Offered by Expert Doctors

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy

An endoscopic mucosal resection is one of the treatment options offered by The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy in Baltimore. The Institute is proud to offer a dedicated endoscopy suite for the many advanced endoscopy treatment options available.

What is an Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)?

An endoscopic mucosal resection is an outpatient procedure used to remove cancerous cells and abnormal tissues from the digestive tract. The endoscopic mucosal resection procedure allows for a larger biopsy sample than traditional surgery.

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How is the endoscope used in an Endoscopic Mucosal Resection?

An endoscope consists of a narrow tube with a light, camera, and other instruments. During an endoscopic mucosal resection, liquid is injected through the endoscope. This liquid lifts the cancerous cells or abnormal tissues. They then are cut and removed through the endoscope.

During an endoscopic mucosal resection of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine, the endoscope is placed down the throat. For an endoscopic mucosal resection of the colon, the endoscope is placed through the anus.

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When is an Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) recommended?

An endoscopic mucosal resection is an option for diagnosing Barrett’s esophagus. Large colon polyps as well as stomach cancer that is contained to the stomach can be removed using endoscopic mucosal resection.