Benign Gastric Tumors Clinical Presentation

Updated: Oct 12, 2015
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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History

Many tumors are found incidentally on gastroscopy. Small tumors are usually asymptomatic, but larger tumors can ulcerate and cause occult bleeding and anemia. Large antral tumors cause intermittent gastric outlet obstruction, as manifested by nausea, vomiting, and early satiety. If ulcerated, these tumors may cause epigastric pain similar to a peptic ulcer.

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Physical Examination

Physical findings are not specific, except for underlying conditions, such as Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, in which patients may have abnormal pigmentation of the oral mucosa, lips, and digits. An abdominal mass may be palpable. Palpation may elicit abdominal tenderness.

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