help for my father: impression of esophageal cancer
My father has undergone CT chest and the report reveals:
1. multiple discrete homogenous enlarged pretracheal & paratracheal lymphnodes are seen. largest measuring 24x12mm
2. there is short segment asymmetric mural thickening involving the mid esophagus over a segment of 2.8cm. maximum mural thickness measures 11mm. fat planes with surrounding structures is preserved.
3. rest all organs and systems are fine.
but the radiologist says that the impression is possibility carcinoma esophagus.
earlier to this his barium x-ray displayed irregular filling defect.
Symptoms: he doesn’t have any other symptoms except that when he eats, he feels the food passes through esophagus while touching its lining. No pain. No appetite or weight loss.
Latest: Today his biopsy samples have been taken and reports are expected in few days. But the consulting gastroenterologist is convinced through endoscopy that this is some thing serious.
Request you to please clarify,
1. Does this indicate esophageal carcinoma?
2. If yes, what possible stage we can predict before confirmatory tests?
3. Is there a possibility of Benign tumor?
4. Can this be only because of infection (possibly bacterial infection)?
5. What can be the possible confirmation tests apart from biopsy?
6. Any possibility of complete removal and no reoccurrence?
plz suggest your opinion and further suggested course of action.
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