Vol. 5 (2021): International Journal of Case Reports
Case Reports

Giant gastric carcinosarcoma infiltrating the left hepatic lobe: a case report

Leonardo Vincenti MD1, Cinzia Bizzoca MD1, Salvatore Fedele MD2, Anna Maria Valentini BScD3, Valeria Andriola1, Graziana Arborea MD3
1General Surgery “Ospedaliera”, Policlynics of Bari, Italy; 2Dept of General Surgery, National Institute of Gastroenterology “S. de Bellis”, Research Hospital, CastellanaGrotte (BA), Italy; 3Dept of Pathology, National Institute of Gastroenterology “S. de Bellis”, Research Hospital, Castellana Grotte (BA), Italy


  • Gastric Carcinosarcoma; Gastrectomy; Hepatic resection

How to Cite

Leonardo Vincenti MD1, Cinzia Bizzoca MD1, Salvatore Fedele MD2, Anna Maria Valentini BScD3, Valeria Andriola1, Graziana Arborea MD3. (2021). Giant gastric carcinosarcoma infiltrating the left hepatic lobe: a case report. International Journal of Case Reports, 5, 214. https://doi.org/10.28933/ijcr-2021-03-2606


Gastric carcinosarcoma is a rare biphasic tumor that consists of both carcinomatous and sarcomatous components. Clinical presentation and neoplastic markers are not specific for the disease. Moreover, CT scan cannot distinguish among gastric carcinoma, sarcoma or carcinosarcoma, so it is essential to perform histopathological and immunohistochemical analysis on biopsy specimens or resected tissue to ensure a correct diagnosis.
A 72-year-old woman was transferred to our Department from another hospital with a diagnosis of a bleeding tumor localized on the lesser gastric curve, infiltrating the left hepatic lobe.
The mass was treated as a gastric malignant mesenchymal neoplasia (gastro-intestinal stromal tumor versus sarcoma) infiltrating the liver. Owing to the bleeding, no further invasive examinations, such as fine needle aspiration biopsy, were planned. Furthermore, no neoadjuvant chemotherapy could be administered before surgery due to persistent anaemia.
The scheduled surgical procedure was an atypical gastric resection with “en bloc” hepatic resection. This operation included upper polar and lesser curve resection, with tubulization of the stomach along the greater curve, as well as left lateral hepatic sectionectomy.
Histopathological examination and immunohistochemical staining confirmed the diagnosis of gastric carcinosarcoma.
This is first report of gastric carcinosarcoma with local liver infiltration, treated with surgical resection.


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