It is strongly suspected that the Epstein-Barr virus plays a role in the genesis of nasopharyngeal and gastric carcinoma.
Dr Sunpaweravong searched for such a connection between esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and Epstein-Barr virus.
The investigators investigated 104 surgically resected esophageal cancers using in situ hybridization for Epstein-Barr virus-encoded RNA.
|There were 5 samples with virus-encoded RNA-positive tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes|
|Diseases of the Esophagus|
The investigative team found no Epstein-Barr virus-encoded RNA-positive cancer cells in any tests.
However, the team found 5 samples with Epstein-Barr virus-encoded RNA-positive tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes.
Dr Sunpaweravong's team concluded, “Epstein-Barr virus is not associated with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.”