Gastric cancer presenting fine stippled calcification in radiography: a case report and a review of the Japanese literature

Takasaki, M.; Tanaka, Y.; Yokota, T.; Yorimitsu, Y.; Usuki, H.; Takemura, T.; Morita, S.; Hisa, A.; Tokuoka, H.; Horimi, T.

Gan no Rinsho. Japan Journal of Cancer Clinics 36(12): 2186-2192


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-4949
PMID: 2172587
Document Number: 366664
A case of calcified gastric cancer is reported, with a review of the Japanese literature with special reference to the genesis of calcification. A male patient, 51 years of age, given a partial gastrectomy for an advanced gastric cancer 5 years earlier, presented general malaise. Plain X-rays revealed fine, stippled calcifications widely distributed in the upper abdomen. Additionally, computed tomography revealed a wide expanse of high density shadows with CT numbers of calcifications. On laparotomy, a histologic examination of a specimen taken for biopsy from part of the metastatic liver tumor led to a diagnosis of a mucinous adenocarcinoma showing identical histologic features of the previously resected gastric cancer, this diagnose then confirmed by Kossa's staining of fine calcified deposits in the tumor parenchyma.

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