Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) is a rare tumour of the gastrointestinal tract which does not generally originate in the rectum. The authors describe a case of a 70-year-old man who underwent an anterior resection of the rectum for a low-risk GIST. The patient was not given adjuvant chemotherapy with imatinib and is still disease-free 30 mo after surgery. The authors conclude that although rectal GIST is extremely uncommon, it should be included in differential diagnosis when a tumour in the rectum is detected. Biopsy of the tumour is essential, since this makes it possible to reach a sure preoperative diagnosis based on the immunohistological features of the CD117 and CD34. Although complete surgical resection with negative tumour margins is the principal curative procedure for primary and non-metastatic tumours, further studies are still needed for the determination of the most effective treatment strategy for patients with rectal GIST.
|Numero di pagine||3|
|Rivista||World Journal of Gastroenterology|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2008|
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