Syndromic gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaEditoriale in rivista / quotidianopeer review

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Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of gastrointestinal tract. They feature heterogeneous triggering mechanisms, implying relevant clinical differences. The vast majority of GISTs are sporadic tumors. Rarely, however, GIST-prone syndromes occur, mostly depending on heritable GIST predisposing molecular defects involving the entire organism. These conditions need to be properly identified in order to plan appropriate diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic procedures. Clinically, GIST-prone syndromes must be thought of whenever GISTs are multiple and/or associated with accompanying signs peculiar to the background tumorigenic trigger, either in single individuals or in kindreds. Moreover, syndromic GISTs, individually considered, tend to show distinctive features depending on the underlying condition. When applicable, genotyping is usually confirmatory. In GIST-prone conditions, the prognostic features of each GIST, defined according to the criteria routinely applied to sporadic GISTs, combine with the characters proper to the background syndromes, defining peculiar clinical settings which challenge physicians to undertake complex decisions. The latter concern preventive therapy and single tumor therapy, implying possible surgical and molecularly targeted options. In the absence of specific comprehensive guidelines, this review will highlight the traits characteristic of GIST-predisposing syndromes, with particular emphasis on diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications, which can help the clinical management of these rare diseases.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-15
Numero di pagine15
RivistaHereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016


  • Carney's triad
  • Carney-Stratakis syndrome
  • Familial GIST
  • Genetics (clinical)
  • Germline mutations
  • Hereditary GIST
  • Oncology
  • PDGFRA-mutant syndrome
  • Succinate dehydrogenase
  • Syndromic GIST


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