Leiomyosarcoma of the esophagus: Results of surgical treatment

Gaetano Rocco, Victor F. Trastek, Claude Deschamps, Mark S. Allen, Daniel L. Miller, Peter C. Pairolero

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Background. This study examined the results of surgical treatment of leiomyosarcoma of the esophagus. Methods. Between January 1920 and December 1996, 17 patients (9 men and 8 women) with leiomyosarcoma of the esophagus were treated surgically at the Mayo Clinic. Median age was 58 years and ranged from 26 to 76 years. Symptoms included dysphagia in 11 patients (64.7%) and odynophagia in 6 (35.3%). The tumor was located in the middle third of the esophagus in 10 patients (58.8%) and in the cervical esophagus in 7 (41.2%). Procedures performed included esophagogastrectomy in 9 patients (Ivor Lewis in 5, left thoracoabdominal in 3, and transhiatal in 1), enucleation in 3, transgastric excision in 1, and exploration without resection in 4. Results. The procedure was considered curative in 11 patients (64.7%). There was one operative death (mortality, 5.9%). Complications occurred in 3 patients (17.6%) and included anastomotic leak in 2 and bleeding requiring reoperation in 1. Growth pattern was infiltrating in 7, polypoid in 5, and intramural in 5. Histologically, the tumor was grade 1 in 6 patients, grade 2 in 2, grade 3 in 7, and grade 4 in 2. The tumor was postsurgically classified as stage I in 2 patients, stage IIA in 7, stage IIB in 1, stage IIIA in 5, stage IV in 1, and unknown in 1. Six patients (35.3%) received adjuvant treatment. Follow-up was complete in 16 patients (94.1%) and ranged from 1 to 182 months (median, 48 months). Five- and 10-year actuarial survivals were 47.0% and 31.0%, respectively. Seven patients (41.2%) are currently alive (median survival, 72 months); all underwent curative resection. Factors affecting survival included completeness of resection, growth pattern, postsurgical stage, tumor grade, and tumor location (p <0.05). Conclusions. We conclude that leiomyosarcoma of the esophagus is rare. Complete resection provides long-term survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-897
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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