A gastrointestinal stromal tumor discovered in a resected hemorrhoidal donut after stapled hemorrhoidopexy: Report of a case

Department of Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Ángeles, California, United States
The American surgeon (Impact Factor: 0.82). 03/2005; 71(2):155-8.
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We report a case of a 47-year-old woman found to have a rectal gastrointestinal stromal tumor discovered on routine pathological examination of the resected hemorrhoidal donut after a stapled hemorrhoidopexy. There was no evidence of metastatic spread. No further therapy will be instituted.

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