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J Surg Oncol. 1991 Nov;48(3):194-8.

Esophageal sarcomas.

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  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.


The clinical and pathologic characteristics of five patients with esophageal sarcomas are presented, including the only recorded esophageal Triton tumor (malignant schwannoma), the third recorded synovial sarcoma, two patients with carcinosarcoma, and one with leiomyosarcoma. All five patients were males who presented with dysphagia. Three tumors were in the cervical esophagus, and the remaining two were in the distal esophagus. On endoscopic examination, three of the tumors were noted to be polypoid, while the other two were sessile. Two patients presented with disseminated disease, and a third was locally unresectable. These three patients were treated with palliative intent. The remaining two patients underwent surgical excision and postoperative radiation therapy, and are alive and well 6 and 7 years following treatment. This experience suggests that combined modality therapy employing postoperative radiation may be effective in managing these rare lesions.

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