Lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma in the trachea: Report of a case

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 135-710, South Korea.
Surgery Today (Impact Factor: 1.53). 02/2007; 37(7):584-6. DOI: 10.1007/s00595-006-3467-3
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Lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma (LELC) is a non-nasopharyngeal undifferentiated carcinoma with prominent lymphoid infiltration. To our knowledge, only two cases of LELC in the trachea have ever been reported. This tumor has a strong association with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is especially prevalent in Asians and absent in Caucasians. We report a case of tracheal LELC with EBV-association in a 22-year-old man. The patient was treated with tracheal resection and anastomosis, followed later by adjuvant radiotherapy.

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