Retrospective Cohort Study
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World J Clin Cases. Jul 26, 2021; 9(21): 5822-5829
Published online Jul 26, 2021. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v9.i21.5822
Tunneled biopsy is an underutilised, simple, safe and efficient method for tissue acquisition from subepithelial tumours
Andreas Koutsoumpas, Ruwan Perera, Adele Melton, Jonathan Kuker, Tilak Ghosh, Barbara Braden
Andreas Koutsoumpas, Ruwan Perera, Adele Melton, Barbara Braden, Translational Gastroenterology Unit, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, United Kingdom
Jonathan Kuker, Senior School, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 0DZ, United Kingdom
Tilak Ghosh, Translational Gastroenterology Unit, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, United Kingdom
Author contributions: All authors contributed in data acquisition, analysis and interpretation of the data, critically revised, edited and approved the final version; Braden B drafted the study concept and first manuscript version; Koutsoumpas A and Perera R contributed equally and are shared first authors.
Institutional review board statement: The observational retrospective nature of the study was established with the Health Research Authority and Trust RD department. According to the Health Research Authority, this type of study does not require approval from a research ethics committee.
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Corresponding author: Barbara Braden, FEBG, FRCP, Professor, Translational Gastroenterology Unit, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU, United Kingdom.
Received: March 21, 2021
Peer-review started: March 21, 2021
First decision: April 29, 2021
Revised: May 10, 2021
Accepted: May 26, 2021
Article in press: May 26, 2021
Published online: July 26, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: Subepithelal lesions are found relatively often on cross sectional imaging or during endoscopy. Conventional endoscopic biopsies will not reveal the histological diagnosis in most cases. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration or biopsy allows the diagnosis in 50%-90% but requires specialist skills and equipment and is expensive. Tunnel biopsies taken in simple bite-on-bite technique allow histological diagnosis in more than 50% of subepithelial lesions. If tunnel biopsies are taken at the index endoscopy, further follow-up endoscopies and EUS investigations can be avoided in many cases.