Primary liposarcoma of esophagus: a case report

World J Gastroenterol. 2006 Feb 21;12(7):1149-52. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i7.1149.


Liposarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in adult life while esophageal liposarcoma is an extremely rare tumor. In the world literature, only 14 cases of esophageal liposarcomas have been described. We report a 72-year old male patient who was urgently admitted to our hospital for acute epigastric pain with a burning retrosternal sensation, persistent nausea, vomiting and dysphagia. Barium swallow, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, esophageal manometry and CT scan, failed to accurately diagnose the lesion. After surgical resection of an esophageal polypoid tumor, the histological examination revealed a well-differentiated grade I liposarcoma. Diagnostic and therapeutic tools were discussed and the results of literature were reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Esophagus / diagnostic imaging
  • Esophagus / pathology
  • Esophagus / surgery
  • Humans
  • Liposarcoma / diagnosis*
  • Liposarcoma / epidemiology
  • Liposarcoma / pathology
  • Liposarcoma / surgery
  • Male
  • Manometry
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed