Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are morphologically spindle cell, epithelioid, or occasionally pleomorphic mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract.
Signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal tumor include presence of abdominal mass (which may be an incidental finding in endoscopy), gastrointestinal bleeding, hemoperitoneum, anemia and gastrointestinal perforation.

Differential Diagnosis

  • Though it is the most common gastrointestinal (GI) mesenchymal tumor, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) should be differentiated from non-epithelial neoplasms, leiomyoma, leiomyosarcoma, schwannomas & other malignancies of the GI tract


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