Primary small cell carcinoma of the esophagus with achalasia in a patient in whom pro-gastrin-releasing peptide and neuron-specific enolase levels reflected the clinical course during chemotherapy

Citation
H. Suzuki et al., Primary small cell carcinoma of the esophagus with achalasia in a patient in whom pro-gastrin-releasing peptide and neuron-specific enolase levels reflected the clinical course during chemotherapy, J GASTRO, 34(3), 1999, pp. 378-382
Citations number
24
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Gastroenerology and Hepatology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY
ISSN journal
0944-1174 → ACNP
Volume
34
Issue
3
Year of publication
1999
Pages
378 - 382
Database
ISI
SICI code
0944-1174(199906)34:3<378:PSCCOT>2.0.ZU;2-2
Abstract
We report a case of primary small cell carcinoma of the esophagus in a pati ent with achalasia in whom pro-gastrin-releasing peptide (ProGRP) and neuro n-specific enolase (NSE) levels were measured. Although chemotherapy marked ly reduced the size of the primary tumor and lymph node metastases, it had no effect on liver metastases. The tumor marker levels decreased after chem otherapy as the primary tumor and lymph node metastases decreased in size, and they increased as the liver metastases enlarged. However, there was a d iscrepancy between the levels of ProGRP and NSE during the patient's clinic al course. We dem onstrate the usfulness of measuring ProGRP and NSE levels to assess the effect of chemotherapy in patients with esophageal small cel l carcinoma.