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By Tamer M. Fouad, M.D. - July 05, 2009
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Topic: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor - by Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
GISTs are non-epithelial tumors, diagnostically separate from more common forms of bowel cancer. 70% occur in the stomach, 20% in the small intestine and less then 10% in the esophagus. Small tumors are generally benign, especially when cell division rate is slow, but large tumors disseminate to the liver, omentum and peritoneal cavity. They rarely occur in other abdominal organs.
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