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A Rare Case of Mesenteric Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Presenting as Acute Abdomen

Anant Sadanand Ramani, Guruprasad Huske, Francisco P Noronha

Abstract


Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST) are rare tumours arising from mesenchyme of gastrointestinal tract and overexpress C-kit protein. Mainly seen in stomach and small bowel. Mesenteric GIST are rarely reported as they constitute less than 1% of total GIST. We here report such a rare case of GIST arising from mesentery of small bowel and presenting as acute abdomen. Good surgical clearance ensures good survival whereas incomplete resection results in a high incidence of recurrences with distant metastasis.


Keywords: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors, imatinib, mesenteric stromal tumors




http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/1117-6806.199960
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