A Case of Esophageal Cancer Complicated with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Yujiro Nakahara, Makoto Yamasaki, Tomoki Makino, Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Yukinori Kurokawa, Kiyokazu Nakajima, Shuji Takiguchi, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki

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The patient was a 58-year-old woman. She was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) when she was 41 years old. Splenectomy was performed at age 55; however, there was no response (NR). Therapy with prednisolone was continued. She underwent endoscopic examination because of dysphagia, and an esophageal tumor was revealed. She was diagnosed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (Mt, cT3N1M0, Stage ⅢA). She received high-dose g-globulin therapy and platelet transfusion before surgery, and the platelet count subsequently increased to 11.0×10(4) mm3. A subtotal esophagectomy was performed. The platelet count was low immediately after surgery; however, it increased after POD5. The patient was discharged without complications. She is alive without recurrence 9 years after surgery. This is the first report of esophageal cancer complicated with ITP that was not responsive to splenectomy. We report this case along with a discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1911-1913
Number of pages3
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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