ABSTRACT: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) may arise in any part of the gastrointestinal tract; extra-gastrointestinal locations are extremely rare. Only a few cases of extragastrointestinal stromal tumor arising from the pancreas were reported. None of the reports described a long-term follow-up of the patients.
This report describes an interesting and unusual case of GIST arising from the pancreas.
A 74-year-old female presented with a palpable abdominal mass. CT scan showed a large mass 11 x 8 x 4 cm originating from the tail of the pancreas. Percutaneous biopsy revealed a GIST predominantly with spindle cells, but some parts also contained epitheloid cells. The patient was treated by distal pancreatic resection with splenectomy. Immunohistochemistry of the tumor showed a staining pattern characteristic of GIST. The patient has achieved a long-term survival of five years and six months without any sign of recurrence of the disease.
This is the first reported case of an extra-gastrointestinal stromal tumor arising from the pancreas treated surgically, with a long-term survival.
Hepatobiliary & pancreatic diseases international: HBPD INT 06/2011; 10(3):330-2. · 1.08 Impact Factor