Shoji Ozawa, MD; Takao Ozawa, MD; Masato Odawara, MD
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Ozawa S., Ozawa T., Odawara M.; A New Role of Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:510. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-6-200003210-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(6):510.
TO THE EDITOR:
A 77-year-old man was experiencing postprandial heartburn and underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Cardial insufficiency and grade A reflux esophagitis (1) were identified. Before the esophagus was examined, the laryngopharyngeal region was assessed. Whitish tumors less than 1 mm in diameter were found on the left vocal cord (Figure). Squamous-cell carcinoma was diagnosed on the basis of pathologic examination, and curative radiation therapy was initiated.
An 85-year-old man underwent an annual fibrogastroscopic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract. A red, flat, elevated lesion 1 to 2 mm in diameter on the right vocal cord was identified in an examination of the laryngeal region. Vocal cord cancer was diagnosed and radiation therapy was started. The cancer has not recurred or metastasized in the 2 years since treatment ended.
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