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Photodynamic therapy for Barrett's esophagus using a 20-mm diameter light-delivery balloon
Author(s): Masoud Panjehpour; Bergein F. Overholt M.D.; Mary N. Phan; John M. Haydek M.D.; Amy R. Robinson
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Paper Abstract

Background and Objective: Patients with high grade dysplasia (HGD) in Barrett's esophagus are at a high risk for developing esophageal adenocarcinoma. Esophagectomy is the standard treatment for such patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) using an improved light delivery balloon for ablation of Barrett's esophagus with high grade dysplasia and/or early cancer. Materials and Methods: 20 patients with HGD or early cancer (19 with HGD, 1 with T1 cancer) received 2 mg/kg of porfimer sodium, intravenously. Two to three days after the injection, laser light was delivered using a cylindrical diffuser inserted inside a 20-mm diameter reflective esophageal PDT balloon. Initially, the balloon was inflated to a pressure of 80 mm Hg. The balloon pressure was gradually reduced to 30 mm Hg. A KTP/dye laser at 630 nm was used as the light source. Light dose of 115 J/cm was delivered at an intensity of 270 mw/cm. Nodules were pre- treated with an extra 50 J/cm using a short diffuser inserted through the scope. Patients were maintained on PPI therapy to keep the gastric pH higher than 4. Eighteen patients required one treatment, while two patients were treated twice. Follow-up consisted of endoscopy with four quadrant biopsies at every 2 cm of the treated area. Thermal ablation was used to treat small residual islands on the follow-ups. The follow-up endoscopies ranged from 6 to 17 months. Results: On follow-up endoscopy, 12 patients had complete replacement of their Barrett's mucosa with neosquamous mucosa. Five patients had residual non-dysplastic Barrett's mucosa, one had indefinite dysplasia, two had low grad dysplasia. There were no residual HGD or cancers. The average length of Barrett's was reduced from 5.4 cm to 1.2 cm. High balloon pressure resulted in wide variation in PDT response among patients. Lower balloon pressures resulted in more consistent destruction of Barrett's mucosa among patients. Five patients developed strictures which responded well to dilations. One patient developed atrial fibrillation which responded to medications. Conclusions: Photodynamic therapy using a 20 mm diameter balloon was effective for ablation of high grade dysplasia and early cancer in Barrett's esophagus. Low balloon inflation pressure was a critical parameter in producing consistent tissue destruction.

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Date Published: 6 June 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4612, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XI, (6 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469341
Show Author Affiliations
Masoud Panjehpour, Thompson Cancer Survival Ctr. (United States)
Bergein F. Overholt M.D., Thompson Cancer Survival Ctr. (United States)
Mary N. Phan, Thompson Cancer Survival Ctr. (United States)
John M. Haydek M.D., Thompson Cancer Survival Ctr. (United States)
Amy R. Robinson, Thompson Cancer Survival Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4612:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XI
Thomas J. Dougherty, Editor(s)

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