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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-135

A rare case of extraperitoneal gastrointestinal stromal tumor arising from kidney

Department of Renal Transplant, ILBS, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission20-Aug-2019
Date of Acceptance02-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication07-Apr-2020

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D V Singh
Department of Renal Transplant, ILBS, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/iju.IJU_251_19

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Mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract which arise from the interstitial cells of Cajal and express C-Kit protein or CD117 on immunohistochemistry are known as gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Extraperitoneal GISTs (EGISTs) are rare tumors arising from the mesentery, omentum, or retroperitoneum. We report a case of a 52-year-old male who presented with a huge abdominal lump arising from the right renal capsule that was found to be EGIST on histopathological examination and immunohistochemistry.

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Singh D V, Kumar V, Kamaal A. A rare case of extraperitoneal gastrointestinal stromal tumor arising from kidney. Indian J Urol 2020;36:133-5

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Singh D V, Kumar V, Kamaal A. A rare case of extraperitoneal gastrointestinal stromal tumor arising from kidney. Indian J Urol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Dec 8];36:133-5. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract.[1] They arise from the interstitial cells of Cajal which express C-Kit (CD117) protein, a tyrosine kinase growth factor receptor which is expressed in more than 95% of cases of GISTs and is the most common immunohistochemical marker. Stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, and esophagus are the most common site of GISTs.

Tumors similar to GISTs may arise from structures outside the gastrointestinal tract such as omentum, mesentery, and retroperitoneum and are called extraperitoneal-GISTs (EGISTs).[2]

We present a case of a primary EGIST arising from the right renal capsule which wasmanaged surgically.

   Case Report Top

A 52-year-old male presented to us with progressive abdominal discomfort and swelling of 3 months' duration along with loss of appetite and weight. On examination, a huge nontender firm mass (20 cm × 15 cm) occupying the whole of the right side of the abdomen and crossing the midline up to the left midclavicular line was palpable.

Ultrasound showed a large retroperitoneal lesion of size 18.5 cm × 15 cm of heterogeneous echogenicity and encasing the right kidney with loss of fat planes with the right kidney.

Contrast-enhanced computed tomography of abdomen was done which showed a 17 cm × 17 cm × 20 cm heterogeneous right retroperitoneal lesion with peripheral enhancement. Central necrosis was noted with loss of fat planes with right renal cortex postero-inferiorly. The right kidney showed normal contrast enhancement and excretion. The right proximal and mid ureter were deviated medially with loss of intervening fat planes. The lesion was causing compression and superior displacement of the right lobe of liver and anterior and left lateral displacement of pancreas and bowel loops. There was also stretching and medial displacement of the inferior vena cava (IVC), aorta, and other vessels. The IVC was significantly compressed [Figure 1].[3],[4] There was no evidence of any other mass lesion in the remaining retroperitoneum or the GI tract.
Figure 1: (a) Plain computed tomography scan shows the mass abutting the inferior surface of the liver and occupying the entire right subhepatic with necrosis (*). (b) The mass encasing and displacing the right kidney (white arrow) and splaying the adjacent renal vein and inferior vena cava (black bold arrows) with necrosis (*). (c) Displacement of ascending colon and hepatic flexure (white arrow). The mass shows necrosis (*) and peripheral enhancing nodular soft tissue (yellow arrow). (d) Peripheral soft-tissue component (white arrow) on the delayed and equilibrium phase of the dynamic computed tomography study with central liquefaction (*)

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In view of radiological finding of involvement of the right kidney, a clinical diagnosis of right renal malignancy (leiomyosarcoma) was made and exploratory laparotomy for excision of the mass through a modified chevron incision performed.

Exploratory laparotomy revealed a huge swelling of variegated consistency with no evidence of metastasis to liver and no retroperitoneal lymph nodes. Caecum and ascending colon were adherent to the mass and pushed anteriorly and to the left across the midline. IVC was splayed and adherent to the mass posteromedially. The right kidney was not visible being entirely engulfed by the mass with the right renal vessels entering the mass. Posteriorly, the mass was adherent to the psoas fascia. Frozen section from the medial (left) margin was found to be negative for malignancy. Since the right kidney was engulfed by the mass, the mass was removed en bloc along with the psoas fascia and weighed 5.5 Kg. Additional slices of tissue from the margin of resection at the ascending colon were taken and send for the frozen section which was negative. The course during hospital stay was uneventful and the patient was discharged on day 3 postoperatively.

Histopathology revealed an encapsulated retroperitoneal tumor composed of solid areas, necrosis and hemorrhage and was completely enclosing the right kidney with tumor cells showing diffuse C-Kit immunostaining [Figure 2] and [Figure 3]. The patient was started on imatinib mesylate and was doing well till 4 months after surgery on follow-up but was lost to follow-up after that.
Figure 2: (a) Intraoperative picture showing the cecum and ascending colon pushed anteromedially by the mass. (b) Tumor bed after the resection of the mass showing inferior vena cava left renal vein and right psoas muscle denuded of its fascia. (c) Resected tumor. (d) Specimen of the retroperitoneal tumor composed of solid areas, necrosis and hemorrhage. It shows outer and inner aspect of tumor and the encased kidney with multiple areas of capsular invasion with focal infiltration of cortex at lower pole

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Figure 3: (a) Sheets of epithelioid cells with condensed eosinophilic cytoplasm, well-defined cell border, round to spindled nuclei with prominent nucleoli. (b) Sheets of epithelioid cells with plump spindle cells adjacent to renal parenchyma represented by a glomerulus and tubules. (c) Tumor cells show c-kit immunostaining

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   Discussion Top

Kidney, adrenal gland, retroperitoneal lymph nodes, and other soft tissues are the primary site of origin of retroperitoneal neoplasm.[5] In our patient, the large tumor mass was completely encasing the right kidney and appeared to be originating from the renal capsule with focal invasion of the renal parenchyma at the lower pole. In view of the clinical presentation of a large mass of a relatively short duration and apparently arising from the kidney, a differential diagnosis of renal sarcoma, sarcomatoid renal tumor, and renal cell carcinoma was entertained. The presence of c-kit (CD 117) established the diagnosis of GIST in our case.

Only few cases of EGIST have been documented in literature.[6] In view of the rare occurrence of GIST arising from retroperitoneum, it was a diagnostic challenge. Some experts use imatinib mesylate for treatment of such tumors but there is no consensus regarding its use.

Primary stromal tumors of the kidney have been reported in transplant recipients and as coincidental pathology along with other renal tumors. This is the first case of EGIST in a nontransplant kidney to be reported as far as we could search.

   Conclusion Top

Primary stromal tumors of retroperitoneum are rare, and an EGIST arising from a native kidney has not been reported. Surgical removal of tumor along with involved organs is the treatment of choice. The data of reported cases in the literature need to be reviewed for better understanding of etiopathogenesis, clinical behavior, and treatment of this disease.

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Conflicts of interest: There are no conflicts of interest.

   References Top

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Takao H, Yamahira K, Doi I, Watanabe T. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor of the retroperitoneum: CT and MR findings. Eur Radiol 2004;14:1926-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Rajiah P, Sinha R, Cuevas C, Dubinsky TJ, Bush WH Jr., Kolokythas O. Imaging of uncommon retroperitoneal masses. Radiographics 2011;31:949-76.  Back to cited text no. 4
Laroia ST, Yadav T, Rastogi A, Sarin S. Malignant retroperitoneal extra-gastrointestinal stromal tumor: A unique entity. World J Oncol 2016;7:45-50.  Back to cited text no. 5
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