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November 1982

Femoral and Skull Metastasis With Hypercalcemia: Occurrence With Esophageal Carcinoma Without Dysphagia

Author Affiliations

From the Georgetown University Medical Division (Dr Shewchuk) and the Oncology Service (Drs Meneses, Lerma, and Shnider), District of Columbia General Hospital, Washington, DC.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(12):2207-2209. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340250173030

• The most common initial symptom of esophageal neoplasm is dysphagia. When metastasis occurs, it is most frequent to neighboring lymph nodes, mediastinum, or viscera, eg, the lungs and liver, and only infrequently to bones. Even less frequently do these metastases occur with hypercalcemia. A 59-year-old woman was initially seen with hypercalcemia and bone pain in the hip and leg, which subsequently proved to be the site of metastatic spread secondary to squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. Until her death, approximately four months after the diagnosis, she never experienced dysphagia, epigastric or substernal pain, or regurgitation.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:2207-2209)

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