Seventeen patients with non-resectable circumferential malignant strictures of the esophagus (n=13) or the gastroesophageal junction (n=4) were treated with a bipolar electrocoagulation tumor probe (BICAP). None had received prior radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The mean tumor length was 7.2 cm. After treatment swallowing was improved in 86.7% of the patients. The mean duration of response to the first treatment was 18 days. Three major complications (1 fatal hemorrhage, 2 tracheoesophageal fistulae) and two minor complications (chest pain) were observed. The overall actuarial survival rate after 13 months of follow-up was 20%. The BICAP tumor probe can be considered an efficacious and safe device in selected patients with long, circumferential esophageal cancers.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
- Bipolar electrocoagulation treatment
- Malignant gastroesophageal strictures
- Palliative therapy
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