Recurrent gastric volvulus associated with a gastrointestina
Gastric volvulus (GV) is defined as a rotation of the stomach along its short or long axis leading to variable degrees of gastric outlet obstruction. Rotation of the stomach >180° may cause closed loop obstruction and possible strangulation, which often causes acute abdominal pain. Strangulation and gangrene of the twisted stomach sometimes occurs, which demands immediate surgical intervention. We report a case of acute gastric volvulus due to a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), with multiple recurrences, that eventually required emergency gastrectomy.

A 71-year-old woman with a history of recurrent epigastric pain, nausea, and anorexia was diagnosed to have a 70-mm sized submucosal tumor (SMT) in the lesser curvature of the stomach. An elective gastrectomy was planned; however, before the procedure, she visited the emergency room with acute recurrent epigastric pain associated with postural variations. Computed tomography (CT) revealed a GV and the tumor had shifted to the greater curvature. An emergency gastrectomy was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful and pathological examination revealed features consistent with that of GIST.

Source: International Journal of Surgery Case reports

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