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Volume 85 - 2022 - Fasc.2 - Case reports

Lumen reconstruction with magnetic compression anastomosis technique in a patient with complete esophageal stricture

Background: Complete esophageal obstruction (CEO) is a rare condition of which treatment options are challenging. Surgery is the main treatment with high morbidity and mortality rates. Magnetic compression anastomosis (MCA) is a novel technique developed to restore lumen patency in gastrointestinal and biliary tracts. However, MCA experience is limited in respect of esophageal strictures. Case Report: We present a 26-year-old patient having CEO. Magnets are inserted endoscopically to both sides of the obstructed area via oral and retrograde (through the gastrostomy tract) route. On day 8, magnets stuck together and were removed endoscopically through the oral route. Subsequently, sessions of balloon dilatations and triamcinolone injection were performed. The patient’s complaint of aphagia resolved after the treatment process. Conclusion: In conclusion, MCA is an alternative technique that can be used to restore lumen patency in esophageal strictures and also avoids complications of surgical interventions.


Immature squamous metaplasia of esophageal glands associated with squamous cell carcinoma

Background: Esophageal immature squamous metaplasia is hardly reported in the literature. This entity can, however, be misinterpreted as high grade dysplasia or invasive squamous cell carcinoma and hence represent a potential pitfall. Case presentation: Histopathological examination of a superficial esophageal lesion removed by endoscopic submucosal dissection revealed a squamous cell carcinoma associated with immature squamous cell metaplasia arising from esophageal glands. Immunohistochemical stainings allowed to distinguish malignant from metaplastic cells. Conclusions: Immunohistochemistry for Ber-EP4 is helpful in making the distinction between esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and immature squamous metaplasia. This can avoid overstaging and overtreatment, especially in early esophageal cancer.


Abdominal pain in covid times: time to think twice

We report a case of abdominal pain followed by acute systolic heart failure due to multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). This multisystem disease typically appears several weeks after infection with COVID-19 in children and young adults. There is a wide spectrum of presentation with MIS-C: some present with features of shock, others with a condition that has overlapping characteristics with Kawasaki disease (KD), and others with more non-specific features. Very often the symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms. Our 17-year-old patient presented with fever, abdominal pain and inflammatory laboratory results. Rapidly after admission he developed acute heart failure with biopsy-confirmed myocarditis. The diagnostic criteria of MIS-C were met. This case emphasizes the changing diagnostic landscape. However rare, we want to raise awareness for MIS-C in children and young adults presenting with abdominal pain. Because of the risk of rapid clinical deterioration, early recognition and a multidisciplinary approach can be life-saving.


Elevated carbohydrate antigen 19-9 following Helicobacter suis gastritis and normalisation after eradication: first case report and review of the literature

Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) is a biological marker used to diagnose and monitor the progression of various cancers. Elevated CA 19-9 has also been sporadically observed in Helicobacter pylori infected patients. Similar to H. pylori, animal- hosted non-H. pylori Helicobacter (NHPH) species can induce gastroduodenal lesions in humans. We report the first case of CA 19-9 elevation related to H. suis gastritis and its normalisation after eradication. A CA 19-9 screening prescribed as part of a regular check up by the general practitioner was found elevated in a 68-year-old man presenting chronic dyspeptic symptoms. Medical investigations were negative for presence of neoplasia or biliary obstruction. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy confirmed the presence of chronic gastritis and H. suis was identified in gastric biopsies. The standard treatment for H. pylori successfully eradicated H. suis with normalisation of CA 19-9 levels. In addition to H. pylori, infection with NHPH species should be considered as an additional cause of elevated CA19-9.