Association of Aneuploidy and Flat Dysplasia With Development of High-Grade Dysplasia or Colorectal Cancer in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Gastroenterology (2017)


There is controversy over how to best manage patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and flat low-grade dysplasia (fLGD) in the colon. We performed a retrospective analysis of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded colon tissues with fLGD from 37 patients undergoing surveillance colonoscopy for IBD, from 1990 to 2015 at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, to determine whether detection of aneuploidy is associated with later development of high-grade dysplasia (HGD) or colorectal cancer (CRC). Medical data were collected from the patients for a mean follow-up time of 37 months. Using flow cytometry analysis of paraffin-embedded colon tissue, we detected aneuploidy in 15 of 37 samples with fLGD (40.5%). By comparison, aneuploidy was detected in 14 of 15 samples with flat HGD (93.3%) and 2 of 45 samples that were negative for dysplasia (4.4%). The univariate hazard ratio for subsequent detection of HGD or CRC in patients with fLGD and aneuploidy was 5.3 (95% CI, 1.542-24.121) within a mean follow-up time of 37 months. The presence of aneuploidy therefore identifies patients with fLGD in colon tissue who have an increased risk for HGD or CRC and may provide supportive evidence to a morphological impression or suspicion of flat HGD.