Title

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Causing Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding: An Uncommon Way of Diagnosing An Uncommon Disease

Division

East Florida

Hospital

JFK - MU

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

8-4-2020

Keywords

gastrointestinal stromal tumor (gist), obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, endoscopy

Disciplines

Digestive System Diseases | Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine | Neoplasms | Oncology

Abstract

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are neoplasms that arise from the wall of the gastrointestinal tract or, rarely, from other intra-abdominal tissues. They are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and they should be considered in the differential diagnosis of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding. Computed tomography angiogram (CTA) can be utilized as an alternative imaging study when endoscopic and colonoscopy results are non-diagnostic. We report a case of a 59-year-old woman who presented with recurrent episodes of obscure overt gastrointestinal bleeding secondary to a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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