The Cytology of the Benign Extra- Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour in the Pouch of Douglas: A Case Report 1659-1661
Vadiraj P., Consultant
No.18, KHB Colony
Gandhinagar, Near Womenâ€™s college
Bellary, India - 583 103
Extra-gastrointestinal stromal tumours are rare, non-epithelial, mesenchymal tumours which arise from the soft tissues of the abdomen- mesentry, the omentum and the retroperitoneum. These tumours are histologically and cytologically similar to the stromal tumours of the gastrointestinal tract, they are composed of purely rounded epithelioid cells or short fusiform cells or a mixture of both and are set in a fine fibrillary myxiod background. The cytological features of the imprint smears in a case of benign extra-gastrointestinal stromal tumour of the mesentry, projecting into the pouch of douglas in a 42-year old female, have been described here. The recognition of these tumours is important because of their aggressive biological behaviour. The metastatic potential and the high rate of recurrence of these tumours necessitate the frequent follow up of the patients after a surgical resection.