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Tay YC, Ng CT, Lomanto D, Ti TK
Correspondence: Prof Ti Thiow Kong, email@example.com
The authors document two patients with oesophageal leiomyoma. In the first patient, a 41-year-old man, enucleation of the oesophageal leiomyoma was initially attempted by a thoracoscopic approach, but because of adherence of the tumour to the oesophageal mucosa, enucleation was completed by thoracotomy. Thoracoscopic enucleation was successfully performed in the second patient, a 62-year-old man. This paper includes a literature review on the pathology, diagnosis and surgical approach in the management of oesophageal leiomyoma. In conclusion, prudent use of thoracoscopic approach in the enucleation of oesophageal leiomyoma could potentially result in shorter hospital stay, decreased postoperative pain and reduced requirement for postoperative analgesia.
Keywords: endoscopic ultrasonographic fine-needle aspiration biopsy, gastrointestinal stromal tumour, leiomyoma, oesophageal leiomyoma, thoracoscopy, thoracoscopic enucleation
Singapore Med J 2006; 47(10): 901-903