Perforation of esophageal cancer solely due to preoperative chemotherapy is extremely rare, but can be associated with pyothorax and can be difficult to treat. Here, we report the case of a successfully treated patient with thoracic esophageal cancer who had esophageal perforation during docetaxel, cisplatin, and 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy. A 73-year-old patient had esophageal perforation on the fourth day of the first docetaxel, cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil cycle. The second docetaxel, cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil cycle was administered after insertion of esophageal stenting and subtotal esophagectomy. Early drainage and stent placement were crucial for achieving infection control and allowing for a subsequent complete resection.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine