Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2010 Nov;41(5):298-302.

A Case of Early Esophageal Cancer Treated by Photodynamic Therapy in a Patient with Liver Cirrhosis Accompanied by Esophageal Varix

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, St. Vincent's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. jwchulkr@yahoo.co.kr


Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive treatment for cancer that works through a photochemical effect after the administration of a photosensitizer. At first, PDT had been used for the relief of obstructive symptoms caused by exophytic esophageal cancer or for control of tumor overgrowth. Recently, several investigators have reported the use of PDT in early esophageal cancer with encouraging results. This report describes a case of a 52-year-old man with early esophageal cancer, who had a long history of liver cirrhosis with esophageal varix. The patient was treated successfully with PDT using porfimer sodium as the photosensitizer. PDT is an alternative to surgical treatment of early esophageal cancer, especially in patients with liver cirrhosis.


Photodynamic therapy; Esophageal cancer; Liver cirrhosis
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