Leiomyoma of the distal oesophagus mimicking achalasia

F. J. Idenburg, L. M. Akkermans, A. J. Smout, C. D. Kooijman, H. Obertop

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An unusual case of a patient with symptoms suggestive of oesophageal achalasia is described. Most oesophageal tumour growths causing secondary achalasia are associated with malignant tumours. This patient had a large oesophageal leiomyoma closely mimicking achalasia. Treatment consisted of oesophagectomy by laparotomy and right-sided thoracotomy. A gastric tube was constructed with a cervical oesophago-gastrostomy. The patient responded well to the treatment and left the hospital after 13 days. Five other cases of benign oesophageal tumours inducing achalasia-like symptoms could be traced. Three of these were leiomyomas
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-81
JournalNetherlands journal of surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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