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How is linitis plastica diagnosed?

How is linitis plastica diagnosed?

Linitis plastica can be diagnosed by EUS-guided FNA following negative endoscopic biopsies.

What does linitis plastica look like?

Signs and symptoms Endoscopic image of linitis plastica, a diffuse type of stomach cancer characterized by a thickening and rigidity of the lining of the stomach, leading to a leather bottle-like appearance with blood coming out of it.

WHO histological classification of gastric tumors?

The 2010 WHO classification recognizes four major histologic patterns of gastric cancers: tubular, papillary, mucinous and poorly cohesive (including signet ring cell carcinoma), plus uncommon histologic variants (24).

What is gastric linitis plastica?

Gastric linitis plastica is the medical term for a rare type of stomach (gastric) cancer. It can thicken your stomach wall and affect digestion. Treatment for linitis plastica is like treatment for other types of stomach cancers.

What does thickening of the stomach wall indicate?

The gastric wall thickening is a diagnostic challenge for gastroenterologists and can be caused by a wide variety of benign and malignant disorders including lymphoma, adenocarcinoma, Menetriers’ disease, Crohn’s disease, peptic ulcer disease, sarcoidosis and tuberculosis.

What causes Linitis Plastica?

Primary gastric carcinoma is the most common cause of linitis plastica. Less frequently, metastatic gastric cancer from the breast, omental metastases, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma involving the stomach have been reported to show similar radiographic findings as linitis plastica.

Is linitis plastica an adenocarcinoma?

Linitis plastica is a type of adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of stomach cancer. Linitis plastica spreads to the muscles of the stomach wall and makes it thicker and more rigid. This means that the stomach can’t hold as much and doesn’t stretch or move as it should when you’re digesting food.

What is the normal thickness of stomach wall?

There are many studies reporting that the thickness of normal gastric wall in CT taken under optimal conditions is below 5 mm [18–21]. However, there are also reports indicating that normal gastric wall could be as thick as 12 mm [22].

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