A Metachronous splenic metastases from esophageal cancer: A case report

Ivan Botrugno, Vassili Jemos, Lorenzo Cobianchi, Giacomo Fiandrino, Silvia Brugnatelli, Vittorio Perfetti, Alessandro Vercelli, Marcello Maestri, Paolo Dionigi

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The spleen is an infrequent site for metastatic lesions, and solitary splenic metastases from squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus are very rare: only 4 cases have been reported thus far. These lesions are whitish nodules that are macroscopically and radiologically similar to primary splenic lymphomas. We report a case of metachronous splenic metastases from esophageal cancer and multiple splenic abscesses, which developed nine months after apparently curative esophagectomy without adjuvant chemotherapy. The patient underwent splenectomy dissection followed by adjuvant chemotherapy, but liver and skin metastases developed, and the patient died 9 months later.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105
JournalWorld Journal of Surgical Oncology
Publication statusPublished - Sep 16 2011


  • Esophageal cancer
  • Splenic abscesses
  • Splenic metastases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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