Skeletal muscle metastasis is a very rare event in patients with oesophageal cancer. We herein report and discuss a case of a 65 years old man with history of gastro-esophageal reflux disease referred to our department for pyrosis associated to persistent low back pain. Oesophageal endoscopy and transesophageal endo-sonography showed a tumour localized in the lower third of the esophagus, histologically proved to be adenocarcinoma. Clinical staging procedures detected a two centimetres vascularized nodular lesion placed into right para-vertebral muscles at the level of L4 as the only sign of potential distant disease (versus a differential diagnosis of primitive sarcoma). The muscle lesion was completely removed and confirmed as secondary adenocarcinoma. Due to this evidence a chemotherapy protocol was initiated. After nine months the patient underwent transhiatal oesophagectomy. To the best of our knowledge this is the first reported case of a soft tissue metastasis from oesophageal cancer resected with radical intent.
- Low back pain, Oesophageal adenocarcinoma, Skeletal muscle metastasis