Leiomyoma of the esophagus was surgically treated in 15 patients in 1962-1987. Six patients were asymptomatic and nine presented with dysphagia alone or combined with retrosternal pain, vague thoracic discomfort, dyspnea and cough, or palpitations. Barium swallow and esophagoscopy provided the correct diagnosis preop-eratively in most cases. Transthoracic enucleation of the tumor was performed via right thoracotomy in nine patients and left thoracotomy in six. The location of tumor was the upper third of the thoracic esophagus in three cases, middle third in six and lower third in six cases. There was no surgical mortality or morbidity. Surgical removal of esophageal leiomyoma thus gave relief of symptoms, with minimal risk and excellent functional outcome.
- Esophageal tumors
- Surgery of esophagus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine