High-grade Non-small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Esophagus

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Published on Friday, 08 June 2018

Abstract

High-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC) of the esophagus is an extremely aggressive and rare disease, which is still not well understood.

n this case report, we discuss a 73-year-old male patient that presented with the sole complaint of dysphagia to solid foods. During our evaluation of the patient, a six-centimeter esophageal mass was found on esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).

A diagnosis of poorly differentiated (high-grade) non-small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma was made after a histological analysis and immunostaining.

We attempted to highlight the diagnosis, evaluation process, and treatment options related to this entity.

Our review of the literature revealed that further research is needed, focusing on neuroendocrine carcinomas of the esophagus and how this entity differs from some of the more well-known neuroendocrine neoplasms in terms of management.

 

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