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Rare disease
Leptomeningeal metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma of oesophagus with unusual presentation
  1. Ali Akhavan1,
  2. Hossein Navabii2
  1. 1Department of Radiotherapy, Shahid Sadoghi University of Medical Science, Yazd, Republic of Iran
  2. 2Sadoghi University, Yazd, Republic of Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ali Akhavan, ali52akhavan{at}


Oesophageal cancer rarely metastasis to the brain but advances in brain imaging and increasing survival of these patients has led to more detection of this condition. Although oesophageal cancer is common in the north of Iran it is less frequent in the central parts such as Yazd. Leptomeningeal metastasis is very uncommon in oesophageal cancer. This paper presents a 73-year-old man with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis from squamous cell carcinoma of oesophagus presented by hoarseness due to true vocal cord plegia.

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