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Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2006 Jan;33(1):83-5.

[A case of successful treatment by low-dose 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin for liver metastases of esophageal adenosquamous carcinoma].

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  • 1Dept. of Surgical Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kagoshima University.


Adenosquamous carcinoma of the esophagus is an uncommon type of esophageal tumor. In the present case, a 54-year-old man without symptoms was diagnosed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, based on endoscopic examination of a biopsy specimen. Endoscopy and barium roentgenography revealed a superficial plateau-type lesion, 2 cm in length, in the lower esophagus. Esophagectomy with lymphadenectomy was performed via a right thoraco-abdominal approach. The histological diagnosis was adenosquamous carcinoma with no lymph node metastasis. Three years after the surgery, multiple liver metastases were detected by computed tomography. The patient was treated with a combination of low-dose 5-fluorouracil(350 mg/body/day) and low-dose cisplatin (7 mg/body/day). Because the first course of chemotherapy was very effective and the number of liver metastases was reduced,a further 6 courses were administered. After 6 courses of chemotherapy, no liver metastases were detected. Based on the present findings, we recommend low-dose 5-fluorouracil/cisplatin therapy for liver metastasis from esophageal adenosquamous carcinoma.

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