Esophageal cancer surgery in heart transplant patients

Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Oct;80(4):1510-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2004.04.068.


We herein report about 2 heart transplant patients undergoing surgical resection for esophageal cancer. Both were long-term survivors after orthotopic heart transplantation for dilated cardiomyopathy. One patient underwent a transthoracic esophagectomy and gastric pull-up for an early squamous cell carcinoma of the infracarinal esophagus. The second patient underwent a resection of the cervical esophagus and interposition of a free jejunal segment after neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy for a locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma in the cervical esophagus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / complications
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / surgery
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / complications
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Esophagectomy / methods
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Heart Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms, Squamous Cell / complications
  • Neoplasms, Squamous Cell / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome