, Volume 44, Issue 11, pp 2180-2186
Date: 20 Sep 2013

Perforated gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) in a true jejunal diverticulum in adulthood: report of a case

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A 61-year-old man was referred to us for investigation of acute abdominal pain. Computed tomography showed a 5.9 × 5.3 × 5.0 cm lump of food residue in the jejunum, and a large amount of free air and ascites around the liver and right paracolic gutter. He underwent emergency laparotomy for suspected peritonitis from perforation by a foreign body in the small intestine. We identified purulent exudate in the abdominal cavity and perforation of a jejunal cystic mass, attached ~40 cm from Treitz’s ligament at the anti-mesenteric side of the jejunum. Based on a diagnosis of jejunal duplication with perforation, we resected that part of the small intestine and performed intra-abdominal drainage. Pathological findings confirmed the diagnosis of a perforated gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) in a true jejunal diverticulum. Histopathological evidence suggests that intestinal pressure and/or hemorrhage can cause perforation in the background of a true jejunal diverticulum. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of a perforated GIST in a true jejunal diverticulum.