Gastric schwannoma: a benign tumor often misdiagnosed as gastrointestinal stromal tumor

  • Apurva S. Shah | apurvashah411@gmail.com Department of Gastroenterology, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, India.
  • Pravin M. Rathi Department of Gastroenterology, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, India.
  • Vaibhav S. Somani Department of Gastroenterology, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, India.
  • Astha M. Mulani Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, India.

Abstract

Gastric schwannomas are rare mesenchymal tumors that arise from the nerve plexus of gut wall. They present with nonspecific symptoms and are often detected incidentally. Preoperative investigation is not pathognomic and many are therefore misdiagnosed as gastrointestinal stromal tumors. We report a rare case of a 37-year old woman who underwent laparotomy for complex bilateral ovarian cyst with resection of gastric-gastrointestinal stromal tumor preoperatively, but confirmed to have a gastric schwannomas postoperatively. This case underscores the differential diagnosis of submucosal, exophytic gastric mass as schwannoma.

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Author Biography

Apurva S. Shah, Department of Gastroenterology, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai
Department of gastroenterology
Published
2015-10-12
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
Schwannoma, nerve plexus, ovarian cyst, gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
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Shah, A. S., Rathi, P. M., Somani, V. S., & Mulani, A. M. (2015). Gastric schwannoma: a benign tumor often misdiagnosed as gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Clinics and Practice, 5(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2015.775