Primary Esophageal Adenosquamous carcinoma presenting as a pancreatic tail mass

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2015-03

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Reed, Kristina M.
Yurvati, Albert

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0000-0002-1766-5178 (Yurvati, Albert)

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This is a case report of a case of primary esophageal adenosquamous carcinoma. This report highlights the rarity of this subtype of cancer as well as the difficulty establishing an accurate diagnosis. This difficulty in this case was due to the cancer presenting as a pancreatic tail mass. All information was gathered while on a core surgery rotation with a hospital affiliated with UNTHSC (Dallas Methodist). Results are that this is an aggressive subtype of esophageal cancer that is lacking in the literature due to its rarity. There is an immense need for further research to establish more targeted and effective post surgical care in order to increase prognosis for these patients. There is also a lack of understanding of the pathophysiology in adenosquamous carcinoma, determining if it arises first as adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or independently as both could help determine risk factors and chemotherapy strategies. Known risk factors include diet, like the consumption of hot beverages and foods.

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