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Korean J Gastrointest Endosc. 2001 Oct;23(4):220-224. Korean. Case Report.
Park HW , Jeon SH , Lee SK , Hur JW , Ahn SH , Park SK .
Department of Internal Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

Primary extrapulmonary small cell carcinoma have been described in the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, salivary gland, paranasal sinus, small bowel, uterus, urinary bladder and skin. Primary small cell carcinoma of the esophagus has rarely been reported since McKeown had reported the first 2 cases of small cell carcinoma of the esophagus in 1952. Primary small cell cancer of esophagus is extremely aggressive tumor with grave prognosis. Because of the highly malignant potency, multimodality treatment including chemotherapy for the primary therapy is accepted generally. We experienced 2 cases of small cell carcinoma of the esophagus. One patient was a 57 year-old male without metastasis and we treated him with a multi-drug regimen (cisplatin and VP-16) being used in small cell carcinoma of the lung at our hospotal. But the other patient was a 67 year-old male with bone metastasis, and he refused all management.

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