Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the appendix

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Oncology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Reports,2014,3,2,38-40.
Published:July 2014
Type:Case Report

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the appendix

Saad A. Ahmed, Murtala Abubakar, Umar Mohammed, Ahmed A. Mayun1

Departments of Pathology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, 1University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria


Background: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rare neoplasms that arise from the mesenchymal tissues in the gastrointestinal tract. The appendicial location of such a tumor is more rare, with only a few cases reported in this site to date. Materials and Methods: We hereby report a case of appendiceal GIST incidentally found in a 52‑year‑old female patient. Result: This patient presented with recurrent lower abdominal pain of 4 years duration. Resection of the appendix and adjacent lymph node was performed based on clinical and radiological diagnosis of sub‑acute appendicitis. The histopathological report on the resected specimens revealed a GIST. Conclusion: Multitudes of diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties make the management of appendiceal GIST very challenging in a resource‑poor setting such as ours, and follow‑up of the patients is suggested given the fact that histologic parameters may not accurately predict the behavior of GIST.

Keywords:Appendix, GIST, Tumor