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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 485-486

Recurrence of esophageal carcinoma presenting as dermatomyositis

Department of Medicine, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Medical College and Hospital Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir, India

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Muzafar Naik
Department of Medicine, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura, Srinagar, Kashmir - 190 011
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.127807

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A 55-year-old male was diagnosed of squamous cell carcinoma of esophagus and was treated by surgical resection of the tumor. Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography performed before surgery did not show any evidence of local or distant lymph node metastasis. The patient was not given adjunctive chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Seven months later he presented with dermatomyositis and on evaluation was found to have metastatic deposit of squamous cell carcinoma in cervical lymph nodes. Despite steroids and radiotherapy he died within 2 months of diagnosis. We report the first case of dermatomyositis as a manifestation of recurrence of esophageal carcinoma.

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