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Case Report  |   June 1990
Endoscopic Nd:YAG laser and radiation therapy for primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus
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Case Report   |   June 1990
Endoscopic Nd:YAG laser and radiation therapy for primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 1990, Vol. 90, 543. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1990.90.6.543
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 1990, Vol. 90, 543. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1990.90.6.543
Abstract

Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus is rare. Reports on approximately 112 cases have appeared in the world literature. We report the 113th case in the eldest known patient at the time of diagnosis. Endoscopic neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser coagulation, in conjunction with radiation therapy, was performed. This nonsurgical treatment combination appears to provide adequate palliative therapy for primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus.