Clinical validation of BASIC Classification for the Resect and Discard Strategy for Diminutive Colorectal Polyps.
Blue-light imaging (BLI) is a chromoendoscopy technique that uses direct (not filtered) emission of blue light with short wavelength (410 nm) to increase visibility of microvascular pattern and superficial mucosa. A BLI-based classification system for colorectal polyps (also called BLI Adenomas Serrated International Classification, BASIC) has been created and was validated using still images or short videos. We aimed to validate BASIC in a clinical practice setting, using thresholds recommended by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for the resect and discard strategy as the reference standard.We studied 333 patients (mean age, 62.7+8.1 y; 176 men) who underwent screening colonoscopy from January through July 2019. Six endoscopists trained in BASIC participated in the study. All detected diminutive polyps were characterized by real-time BLI and categorized as adenoma or non-adenoma according to BASIC. All polyps were removed and evaluated by histopathology. The BLI-directed surveillance intervals (based on high-confidence characterization of polyps 5 mm or smaller and pathology feature for others) were compared with histology-directed surveillance intervals, according to United States Multi-society Task Force and European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommendations. We calculated negative-predictive values of optical real-time analysis of diminutive rectosigmoid adenomas.When we applied BASIC, 748 polyps smaller than 5 mm were categorized with 89% accuracy (95% CI, 85.9%-90.6%). BLI-directed surveillance was correct for 90% of patients according to the United States Multi-society task force criteria (95% CI, 86%-93%) and for 96% of patients according to European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy criteria (95% CI, 93%-97%). The negative-predictive value for 302 polyps smaller than 5 mm, located in the rectosigmoid colon and evaluated with high confidence, based on histologic features of adenomatous polyps, was 91% (95% CI, 85%-95%).Our analysis of data from 333 patients undergoing screen colonoscopies support the validity of BASIC discriminating diminutive colorectal polyps with histologic features of adenomas from non-adenomas. This allows for the implementation of the resect and discard strategy based on BLI in clinical practice. ClinicalTrials.gov no: NCT03746171.