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Oesophageal carcinoma in a married couple following long-term exposure to dry cleaning agents
  1. M Babiker,
  2. M F Dillon,
  3. G Bass,
  4. T N Walsh
  1. Department of Surgery, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Professor T N Walsh, Department of Surgery, Academic Centre, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin-15, Ireland; tnwalsh{at}

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Occupational exposure to environmental carcinogens is a risk factor for the development of carcinoma of a number of organs. We report the case of a married couple, both of whom developed oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (oSCC) following occupational exposure to perchloroethylene (PERC) over a 30-year period.

Idiopathic oSCC is not uncommon, but when it occurs in a husband and wife who worked in, and lived above, their own dry cleaning business, an active dry cleaning agent must be considered as the potential aetiological factor.

A 65-year-old man presented with a 6-month history of dyspepsia and epigastric pain without dysphagia or weight loss. He owned …

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