Gastrointestinal Tumors in NF Type 1
Dr. James Tonsgard, MD, of the University of Chicago, graciously contributed this article. The article is an overview of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs), which are one of the most common tumors in the GI tract. They can occur in the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. These tumors can produce bleeding which the patient can discover in frank bleeding or result in more subtle findings such as anemia or low blood count. These tumors can produce abdominal pain, vomiting and in some instances, bowel obstruction, which would result in requiring surgery.