Cardia resection for perforated gastroesophageal cancer

July 8, 2009

Iatrogenic perforation of cancer of the esophagus or the gastroesophageal (GE) junction is a severe complication. Its incidence has increased most likely because of more aggressive palliative endoscopic therapy and the current widespread use of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for accurate preoperative staging. Therapy, i.e. conservative versus surgical treatment remains controversial.

Professor Jörg Kleeff from the Munich (Germany) report a case of 82-year-old man with iatrogenic perforation of of the GE junction. This article will be published on June 28, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

Given serious complications brought by initial endoscopic intervention, they decided to choose immediate explorative laparotomy. Intraoperatively, the tumor was localized and removed completely by resection of the cardia and part of the distal esophagus. For reconstruction, a partial proximal gastric tube was constructed using linear staplers. After treatment, the patient recovered quickly and discharged from hospital within 2 wk. On a further follow-up after 4 wk, the patient held no complaint of reflux or dysphagic symptoms.

The study revealed that the management of esophageal perforation in the context of an underlying demands an individual approach that depends upon the site and etiology of the perforation. Irrespective of the therapeutic approach, the prognosis after tumor perforation is dismal.

More information: Gillen S, Friess H, Kleeff J. Palliative cardia resection with gastroesophageal reconstruction for perforated carcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction. World J Gastroenterol 2009; 15(24): 3065-3067; www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/15/3065.asp

Source: (news : web)

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Study shows how nerves drive prostate cancer

October 19, 2017
In a study in today's issue of Science, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore Medicine, report that certain nerves sustain prostate cancer growth by triggering a switch that causes tumor vessels ...

Gene circuit switches on inside cancer cells, triggers immune attack

October 19, 2017
Researchers at MIT have developed a synthetic gene circuit that triggers the body's immune system to attack cancers when it detects signs of the disease.

One to 10 mutations are needed to drive cancer, scientists find

October 19, 2017
For the first time, scientists have provided unbiased estimates of the number of mutations needed for cancers to develop, in a study of more than 7,500 tumours across 29 cancer types. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger ...

Suicide molecules kill any cancer cell

October 19, 2017
Small RNA molecules originally developed as a tool to study gene function trigger a mechanism hidden in every cell that forces the cell to commit suicide, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study, the first to identify molecules ...

Researchers target undruggable cancers

October 19, 2017
A new approach to targeting key cancer-linked proteins, thought to be 'undruggable," has been discovered through an alliance between industry and academia.

Fundamental research enhances understanding of major cancer gene

October 19, 2017
New research represents a promising step towards better understanding of a key cancer gene. A long-running collaboration between researchers at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge and the AstraZeneca IMED Biotech Unit reveals ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.