Barrett’s esophagus and squamous cell carcinoma in a patient with psychogenic vomiting

  • Sophie Dessureault
  • Domenico Coppola
  • Michael Weitzner
  • Pauline Powers
  • Richard C. Karl
Case Report


We report the association of Barrett’s esophagus and invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the distal esophagus in a young 31-yr-old woman with a history of self-induced psychogenic vomiting. The development of intestinalized columnar mucosa and esophageal cancer in this young patient illustrates the complicated associations between human behavior and pathogenetic mechanisms involved in esophageal carcinogenesis.

Key Words

Barrett’s esophagus squamous cell carcinoma esophagus vomiting pathogenesis 


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© Humana Press Inc 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sophie Dessureault
    • 1
    • 2
  • Domenico Coppola
    • 1
    • 3
  • Michael Weitzner
    • 4
  • Pauline Powers
    • 4
  • Richard C. Karl
    • 2
  1. 1.From the Department of Interdisciplinary OncologyH. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryH. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyH. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineUniversity of South FloridaTampa

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