Our Experience Regarding the Association Between Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor and Bariatric Surgery: a Response to a Letter “Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Be Awake Before, During, and After a Bariatric Procedure”
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We would like to express gratitude to Bilecik T. et al. and to Chiappetta S. et al. for their articles regarding the gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) as a bariatric surgery incidental finding [1, 2]. By these means, we would like to share our experience regarding this relationship and, as already mentioned, to try as a surgical team to be aware and even search the connection between them.
The strong prevalence of the cells of Cajal at the gastric level, specifically in the fundus [3, 4, 5] so as the quick development of bariatric surgery, derives in a higher incidence of these diagnoses, either during or postoperatively through the biopsy results. Worldwide references talk about a prevalence between 0.3 and 1.2% of GIST in the biopsy specimen [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] and 35 described observations [1, 2, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18].
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