Journal Article Oral epithelial cell sheets engraftment for esophageal strictures after endoscopic submucosal dissection of squamous cell carcinoma and airplane transportation

Yamaguchi, Naoyuki  ,  Isomoto, Hajime  ,  Kobayashi, Shinichiro  ,  Kanai, Nobuo  ,  Kanetaka, Kengo  ,  Sakai, Yusuke  ,  Kasai, Yoshiyuki  ,  Takagi, Ryo  ,  Ohki, Takeshi  ,  Fukuda, Hiroko  ,  Kanda, Tsutomu  ,  Nagai, Kazuhiro  ,  Asahina, Izumi  ,  Nakao, Kazuhiko  ,  Yamato, Masayuki  ,  Okano, Teruo  ,  Eguchi, Susumu

7p.17460 , 2017-12-12 , Springer Nature
Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) permits en bloc removal of superficial oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, post-procedure stricture is common after ESD for widespread tumours, and multiple endoscopic balloon dilation (EBD) procedures are required. We aimed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of endoscopic transplantation of tissue-engineered autologous oral mucosal epithelial cell sheets that had been transported by air over a distance of 1200 km in controlling postprocedural oesophageal stricture. Ten patients who underwent complete circular or semicircular ESD for ESCC were transplanted with cell sheets. The safety of the entire process including cell sheet preparation, transport, ESD and cell sheet transplantation was assessed. The incidence of oesophageal stricture, number of EBD sessions, and time until epithelialization were investigated. Each ESD was successfully performed, with subsequent cell sheet engrafting carried out safely. Following cell sheet transplantation, the luminal stenosis rate was 40%, while the median number of EBD sessions was 0. The median post-ESD ulcer healing period was rather short at 36 days. There were no significant complications at any stage of the process. Cell sheet transplantation and preparation at distant sites and transportation by air could be a safe and promising regenerative medicine technology.

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