Esophageal Cancer Presenting as Upper Airway Obstruction in a 75-year-old Man with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Translated Titles





李敏思(Min-Si Li);賴炳村(Ping-Tsun Lai);張凱惟(Kai-Wei Chang)

Key Words

esophageal cancer ; upper airway obstruction ; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ; 食道癌 ; 上呼吸道阻塞 ; 慢性阻塞性肺病 ; 氣管造口術



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

13卷2期(2019 / 12 / 01)

Page #

112 - 115

Content Language


Chinese Abstract

Esophageal cancer typically presents as dysphagia and weight loss but can also present as upper airway obstruction, which is a medical emergency. Here we present a case of a 75-year-old man with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease refractory to medical treatment. Central airway obstruction was suspected. Computerized tomography of the chest showed an upper tracheal tumor. Bronchoscopy showed no endoluminal lesion but with airway obstruction from external compression. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed a submucosal mass over the upper esophagus with lumen stenosis. Pathology showed squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. Endotracheal intubation was performed, and tracheostomy was done to bypass stenotic lesion. Chemotherapy was attempted due to the high risk of surgery.

English Abstract


Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 醫藥衛生綜合