Lege Artis Medicinae

[Gastrointestinal stromal tumor]

GONDA Gábor

FEBRUARY 20, 2001

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2001;11(02)

[Gastrointestinal stromal tumors were subject of much controversy in the last decades. This type of tumors was delineated from the leiomyoma - leiomyosarcoma group. GISTs show variable histological picture, moreover, they are capable of dual (neurogen and myogen) differentiation as it is proved by immunohistochemical and ultrastructural studies. These tumors have relatively good prognosis, only 10-30% of them is malignant, although it is difficult to predict their behaviour in a given case. The most reliable signs of malignancy - cytological pleoimorphism, high mitotic activity, proliferation index above 10 %, and aneuploid DNA content - are generally accepted. The treatment of choice is excision, but not enucleation. Radical surgery is not necessary, since lymph node metastasis is exceptionally rare. Further investigations revealed electronmicroscopical and immunohistochemical (CD 34, CD 117) similarities of tumor cells and interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) located in the wall of the bowel. The results of these investigations led to the theory that cells of GIST and ICCs are of the same stem cell origin. Molecular genetic studies are also of great help in the differential diagnosis and in predicting the prognosis of GISTs. Mutations in the c-kit gene can not be detected in leiomyomas, so they are thougt to be specific for GISTs. Mutation of exon 11. of chromosome 4. is observed only in malignant GISTs.]

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