Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma in a Patient with Previous Belsey Mark IV Fundoplication: A Case Report

Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma in a Patient with Previous Belsey Mark IV Fundoplication: A Case Report

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This case report describes the successful surgical management of a patient with previous thoracic anti-reflux surgery followed by Minimally Invasive Ivor-Lewis Esophagectomy (LILE), who was deemed inoperable after initial clinical staging. The case description is adequate. The report is well supported with briefly explained figures. The Discussion explains the challenges in treating the patient in the present case clearly. It also offers useful suggestions with respect to the treatment regimen. This case shows that with careful surgical dissection, there is minimal risk to the conduit such that a standard gastric conduit reconstruction can be utilized. The report finally Concludes that staging with CT-PET and EUS has a crucial role in these patients and indicate the importance of the multi-disciplinary team discussion involving specialist upper Gastrointestinal surgeons experienced in both benign (anti-reflux) and oncology surgery.



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Further comments on the paper

Comments: This case report presents the case of a 64-year-old male patient with a gastro-esophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma, who underwent a pediatric thoracotomy and Belsey Mark IV fundoplication, and was successfully treated by Laparoscopic Ivor-Lewis Esophagectomy (LILE). The case report holds significance as it demonstrates that these patients may still be treated with a complete laparoscopic reversal and mobilisation of a prior fundoplication wrap, without conduit compromise. The report highlights the importance of EUS as a staging modality for such cases showing invasive (T4b) disease to increase the final clinical staging accuracy.


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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Sacheen Kumar
Department of Upper GI Surgery, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK

Article Info

Article Type
Case Report
Publication history
Received: Fri 02, Jul 2021
Accepted: Mon 30, Aug 2021
Published: Thu 30, Sep 2021
© 2023 Sacheen Kumar. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2021.09.11