A rare case of giant gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the stomach involving the serosal surface

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Introduction Although rare, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are the most common mesenchymal tumors affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Presentation of case Here we report the case of a 43-year-old man complaining of abdominal pain along with a painless and palpable mass, which was confirmed on magnetic resonance and multislice computed tomography. Laparotomy revealed a nodular grayish-white firm noninfiltrative mass (39 × 27 × 14 cm, 6109 g) that was well localized within the extramuscular and peritoneal surface of the anterior wall of the stomach; complete tumor resection was performed. Histopathological examination revealed features typical of GIST, including increased cellularity, increased mitotic activity, and spindle shaped cells as well as positive immunoreactivity for KIT, CD34, and vimentin. Discussion A review of literature revealed that GISTs of the size and weight similar to the present case has been rarely reported. GIST most frequently involves the stomach. Although the etiopathogenesis of this disease remains unclear, few well-documented familial cases have been associated with GIST syndromes. Conclusion The primary treatment preferred is complete surgical excision of the tumor.




Koyuncuer, A., Gönlüşen, L., & Kutsal, A. V. (2015). A rare case of giant gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the stomach involving the serosal surface. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 12, 90–94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2015.04.037

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