UTHealth Otorhinolaryngology and Gastroenterology collaborate to open an esophagus closed by cancer

In a surgical procedure performed at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, otorhinolaryngologist Ron Karni, MD, and gastroenterologist Nirav Thosani, MD, opened a complete esophageal stenosis for patient Bennie Richardson. The two physicians are known for their skill and for helping patients make informed decisions about care through education.

Richardson, who lives in Port Arthur, Texas, a seaport located 90 miles from Houston, had been unable to swallow for more than a year following chemotherapy and radiation for cancer of the nasopharynx. After treatment at a local cancer center, he suffered a rare but devastating complication: complete closure of the esophagus.

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