Minimally invasive surgical biopsy confirms PET findings in esophageal cancer

J. D. Luketich, P. Schauer, K. Urso, D. W. Townsend, C. P. Belani, C. Cidis Meltzer, P. F. Ferson, R. J. Keenan

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This report describes our initial experience using positron emission tomography (PET) scanning in esophageal cancer patients. In two patients PET identified distant metastatic disease missed by conventional staging. Laparoscopic biopsy provided histological confirmation of metastases. In the third patient, locoregional lymph nodes were identified by PET and confirmed by surgical staging. In this preliminary report, PET appears to be a promising new noninvasive modality for staging patients with esophageal cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1215
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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