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Extragastrointestinal stromal tumor of the mesoappendix: CT findings and a review of the literature

Wenhua Li1*, Yanfen Cui1, Gang Ren1, Jun Wang2 and Xiangru Wu3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Radiology, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, 1665 Kong Jiang Road, Shanghai 200092, China

2 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, 1665 Kong Jiang Road, Shanghai, 200092, China

3 Department of Pathology, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, 1665 Kong Jiang Road, Shanghai, 200092, China

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2012, 10:211  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-10-211

Published: 7 October 2012

Abstract

Background

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are nonepithelial, mesenchymal neoplasms that rarely occur in children.

Case presentation

We present a unique case of a GIST that developed outside the gastrointestinal tract within the mesoappendix of a 6-year old boy. Computed tomography (CT) revealed a slightly lobulated, homogeneous soft-tissue mass, with marked contrast enhancement.

Conclusion

This case study provides new insight into the CT appearance of extragastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Keywords:
Children; CT; Extragastrointestinal stromal tumor