Uncommon Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Children

Christopher L. Moertel, Jan Watterson, Louis P. Dehner

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Tumors of the gastrointestinal tract are extremely rare in children and adolescents. Nevertheless, an understanding of their diagnosis, staging, and treatment is necessary for those involved in the treatment of childhood neoplasms. Carcinoid tumor and colorectal carcinoma are the most common neoplasms, involving chiefly the colon and appendix. Other rare tumors involve the pancreas, with pancreatoblastoma being unique to children. More recently, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), which may occur at any site along the gastrointestinal tract, has come under greater scrutiny because of its expression of c-KIT and susceptibility to imatinib mesylate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextbook of Uncommon Cancer, Third Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0470012021, 9780470012024
StatePublished - Jul 11 2006


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adolescent cancer
  • Carcinoid
  • Childhood cancer
  • Colorectal carcinoma
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal neoplasms
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Pancreatoblastoma


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