ABSTRACT: Gastric well differentiated endocrine carcinomas were previously believed to be rare lesions, representing less than 1% of gastric neoplasms. These tumours are often associated with chronic atrophic gastritis, rarely with Zolling-Ellison syndrome. Some sporadic lesions are rarely reported. The prognosis is relatively good, but sporadic forms are more aggressive. We report a case of gastric endocrine carcinoma developed by a 52 year-old man classified as sporadic form after many investigations. Through this observation and after a review of literature, the clinicopathologic features of these tumours, their histogenesis and clinical behaviour are reviewed and discussed.
Revue médicale de Liège 12/2005; 60(11):842-4.