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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 104-107

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor presenting as a recurrent mesenteric cyst: A rare and important entity

Department of General Surgery, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Chandan Roy Choudhury
Department of General Surgery, Medical College and Hospital, 88 College Street, Kolkata - 700 073, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/ssj.ssj_11_18

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Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) arise from interstitial cells of Cajal identified in 1893 by Santiago Ramon y Cajal and present with a myriad of symptoms including gastrointestinal bleeding, obstruction, and lump. However, cystic presentation of GIST is a rare presentation and few cases have been reported in literature till date. Our patient presented as a recurrent abdominal cyst with provisional diagnosis of the mesenteric cyst. On surgery, a huge cyst adhered to the mesentery was found adhered to a part of the jejunum which required resection and anastomosis. Postoperative biopsy revealed it to be a case of GIST with cystic degeneration due to hemorrhage and necrosis. The author tries to find out whether preoperatively any features are predictive of this rare diagnosis to enable R0resection for good prognosis.

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