Diagnostic capabilities of high-definition white light endoscopy for the diagnosis of gastric intestinal metaplasia and correlation with histologic and clinical data

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The aim of this study was the evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy of a specific high-definition white light endoscopy (HD-WLE) system for the optical recognition of intestinal metaplasia (IM) and the assessment of its correlation with histologic and clinical data.


A total of 234 patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in an outpatient endoscopy suite for various indications were prospectively enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Gastric IM was diagnosed on the basis of three mucosal patterns identified using HD-WLE in a per-patient analysis. Histological evaluation was used as the gold standard, and special staining was conducted for subtyping of IM. Main outcome measurements were sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratio of HD-WLE and secondary associations with histologic and clinical data.


IM was found in 63/234 (27%) patients and low-grade dysplasia in 6/63 patients (9.5%). Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and likelihood ratio of all mucosal patterns were 74.6, 94, 88% and 13, respectively. All clinically significant type III IM and dysplasia lesions were endoscopically detected. All nonvisible lesions were of types I and II with mild grade and no dysplasia. Ten patients were considered false positives and the lesions were associated with severe inflammation and antralization.


The specific HD-WLE system showed satisfactory accuracy and high specificity during real-time, routine endoscopy practice. Specific mucosal patterns were correlated with level and grade of lesions. The sensitivity of the system is even higher when only clinically significant IM lesions are considered.

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