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Interendoscopist variability in proximal colon polyp detection is twice higher for serrated polyps than adenomas

Abstract : AIM To assess the interendoscopist variability in the detection of colorectal polyps according to their location and histological type. METHODS This study was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from a regional colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program; 2979 complete colonoscopies from 18 endoscopists were included. Variability in performance between endoscopists for detection of at least one adenoma (A), one proximal adenoma (PA), one distal adenoma (DA), and one proximal serrated polyp (PSP) was assessed by using multilevel logistic regression models. RESULTS The observed detect ion rates among the 18 endoscopists ranged from 24.6% to 47.6% (mean = 35.7%) for A, from 19.1% to 39.0% (mean = 29.4%) for DA, from 6.0% to 22.9% (mean = 12.4%) for PA, and from 1.3% to 19.3% (mean = 6.9%) for PSP. After adjusting for patient-level variables (sex, age), the interendoscopist detection rates variability achieved a significant level for A, PA, and PSP but not for DA (P = 0.03, P = 0.02, P = 0.02 and P = 0.08, respectively). This heterogeneity, as measured by the variance partition coefficient, was approximately threefold higher for PA (6.6%) compared with A (2.1%), and twofold higher for PSP (12.3%) compared with PA. CONCLUSION These results demonstrate significant interendoscopist variability for proximal polyp particularly for serrated polyps, but not for distal adenoma detection. These findings contribute to explain the decreased effectiveness of complete colonoscopies at preventing proximal CRCs and the need to carefully assess the proximal colon during scope procedure.
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Jean-François Bretagne, Stéphanie Hamonic, Christine Piette, Jean-François Viel, Guillaume Bouguen. Interendoscopist variability in proximal colon polyp detection is twice higher for serrated polyps than adenomas. World Journal of Gastroenterology, Baishideng Publishing Group Co. Limited, 2016, 22 (38), pp.8549--8557. ⟨10.3748/wjg.v22.i38.8549⟩. ⟨hal-01418268⟩

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