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. 2011 Dec;8(4):311-314.
doi: 10.1007/s10388-011-0297-1. Epub 2011 Nov 20.

A Case of Esophageal Cancer With Mesojejunal Lymph Node Metastasis After Total Gastrectomy

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A Case of Esophageal Cancer With Mesojejunal Lymph Node Metastasis After Total Gastrectomy

Ayu Kato et al. Esophagus. .
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Abstract

A 56-year-old man was diagnosed with esophageal cancer by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy for examination of dysphagia. The patient had undergone total gastrectomy and jejunal interposition 4 years previously for a gastric cancer at the pT1N0M0 stage according to the UICC-TNM classification. Enhanced CT findings revealed a 3-cm-diameter mass located near the superior mesenteric artery. We conducted subtotal esophagectomy associated with partial jejunectomy including mesojejunectomy. The mass was histologically diagnosed to be mesojejunal lymph node metastasis from esophageal cancer. Mesojejunal lymph node metastasis from esophageal cancer developing after total gastrectomy has been reported in only three cases including ours. The present lymph node metastases may have occurred via the newly developed lymphatic drainage route through the esophagojejunostomy, and this metastatic lymph node can be considered the regional lymph node. Therefore, resection of the interposed jejunal limb with mesojejunectomy may be rational in surgery on esophageal cancer developing after total gastrectomy.

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Esophagography. Esophagography shows a type 2 tumor, 5 cm in length, in the lower thoracic esophagus
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Abdominal computed tomography (CT). Enhanced CT shows a tumor with central necrosis, 3 cm in diameter, near the superior mesenteric artery
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Surgical specimen. A type 2 tumor is located in the lower thoracic esophagus. A swollen lymph node is observed along the second branch of the jejunal artery
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Intraoperative findings. A swollen lymph node was located along the second branch of the jejunal artery (J2). We cut the second branch of the J2 and resected the 25-cm-long jejunum used for jejunal interposition

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