The crane technique: a novel traction method for use during rectal endoscopic submucosal dissection
07 February 2019 (online)
In order to make it easier to access the submucosal layer during endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), various traction devices have been developed and used during colorectal ESD  . We report a novel traction method, “the crane technique,” which involves the use of the EndoTrac (Top Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) , for rectal ESD.
The EndoTrac consists of a line with a clinch-knotted loop, a plastic sheath, and a T-shaped handle ([Fig. 1]). After tying the line to an endoclip, the distance between the endoclip and the tip of the plastic sheath can be adjusted by operating the handle.
In the present case, a 60-mm lesion was located in the rectosigmoid colon. Macroscopically, it was classified as a granular type laterally spreading tumor ([Fig. 2 a]). The first mucosal incision was performed circumferentially, and the EndoTrac device was tied to an endoclip and deployed on the anal side of the margins of the lesion ([Video 1]).
Video 1 The crane technique using the EndoTrac traction device (Top Corporation, Tokyo, Japan) for endoscopic submucosal dissection of a rectal lesion.
When the endoclip and the tip of the sheath were connected, it was difficult to access the submucosal layer because of interference from the sheath. However, when the endoclip was disconnected from the sheath tip, accessing the submucosal layer became easier by pushing the sheath. In addition, the towing direction could be changed (to the right or left) by altering the positions of the endoscope and sheath. We named this technique “the crane technique” ([Fig. 2 b, c]). This technique improved the visibility of the submucosal layer and made complete resection easier ([Fig. 2 d], [Video 1]).
Previous studies have reported that transanal submucosal endoscopic resection and multitasking platforms also make it possible to change the towing direction during ESD  . However, these devices are too big and expensive. The EndoTrac is a much cheaper and simpler device. Thus, the technique described in the present study might facilitate rectal ESD and could become widely used.
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