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  • 2015-03-11

Laparoscopic transhiatal resection of horseshoe-shaped leiomyoma of the thoracic esophagus

Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2015;15(03). URL:
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This is the case of a 36-year-old woman with symptoms which have been present for 18 months. Her main symptoms were the following: difficulty to swallow food accompanied by retrosternal discomfort. Upper endoscopy performed on September 29, 2011 found an extrinsic compression of the esophageal wall located 28cm away from the upper dental arcade with a mucosa which appeared to be normal. That extrinsic compression goes until 33cm from the upper dental arcade. The patient was evaluated by a gastroenterologist who performed an echo-endoscopy on March 7, 2012. The gastroenterologist observed a heterogeneous hypo-echoic mass coming from the muscular layer, 25 to 33cm away from the esophagus. The diagnosis of esophageal leiomyoma was established. The patient was admitted to hospital for surgery, and a laparoscopic transhiatal resection of the esophageal leiomyoma was performed on May 22, 2012. This case is essential because it shows the excision of a horseshoe-shaped leiomyoma of the thoracic esophagus. In addition, it shows a transfixing stitch, which is performed to exert traction on the tumor.