Transoral surgical removal of a giant fibrolipoma of the esophagus:  Case report

U. Fumagalli, S. Bona, F. Battafarano, C. Bonifacio, S. Narne, A. Peracchia, R. Rosati

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An esophageal mass of more than 20 cm in lenght was diagnosed in a patient who presented with persistent dysphagia. Diagnosis of an endo-esophageal tumour was made by barium swallow; esophagoscopy confirmed the presence of a capsulated pink endoesophageal mass. MRI confirmed the presence of a large capsulated mass within the esophagus, that appeared to be adipose tissue; a small stalk originating at the level of the upper esophageal sphincter was described and the polyp extended down to the gastroesophageal junction. Demonstration of the site and length of the stalk allowed a transoral removal of the mass, performed through a Weerda diverticuloscope (Karl Storz Endoskopie Gmbh, Tuttlingen Germany), a technique that has never been described before. Histology confirmed the mass as a fibrolipoma. The authors discuss both the role of MRI in diagnosis and treatment planning and the technique of transoral excision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-869
Number of pages4
JournalGastroenterologie Clinique et Biologique
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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