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Am J Gastroenterol. 1987 Jan;82(1):82-5.

Gastric epithelioid leiomyosarcoma: a curable gastric neoplasm.


This is the first case report of the preoperative diagnosis of a gastric epithelioid leiomyosarcoma by percutaneous needle biopsy. Preoperative diagnosis facilitated curative surgical resection. Patients may present without symptoms or may report symptoms of peptic ulcer disease or gastrointestinal bleeding. Upper gastrointestinal series is the most useful radiological tool for detecting these lesions. Ultrasound and CT play a useful role in documenting the origin of these large masses, as well as their spread. Endoscopy is being used with increasing frequency, but because these are submucosal lesions diagnosis cannot easily be made through the endoscope. Pathologically, these tumors can be subdivided histologically into a benign epithelioid leiomyoma and two varieties of malignant epithelioid leiomyosarcoma. Prognosis correlates with histological features. Complete surgical resection is the treatment of choice. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy have no proven efficacy in treating epithelioid leiomyosarcoma. Unlike most other gastric malignancies, a favorable prognosis follows successful resection.

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