Single-stage reconstruction of the pharyngoesophagus with a free jejunal graft is considered standard surgical treatment for hypopharyngeal cancer. We reviewed postoperative cervical CTs in 72 of 136 consecutive patients (1982-2002) undergoing this therapy in our department. Of these, 29 (40%) showed mesenteric lymph node swelling (>10mm) in grafts. Most swelling is considered reactive, but 1 patient showed pathological metastasis in fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNA). When metastasis is clinically suspected in imaging study and other examinations, FNA should be done carefully with guided ultrasound echo-imaging, to avoid damaging vascular grafts and necrosis of the jejunal graft.
- Free jejunal graft
- Hypopharyngeal cancer
- Imaging study fine-needle aspiration cytology
- Lymph node metastasis
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