Unusual gastric tumors and tumor-like lesions: Radiological with pathological correlation and literature review

World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Apr 14;23(14):2493-2504. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i14.2493.


Although gastric tumors have overlapping radiologic appearances, some unusual tumors may present specific imaging features. Using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT), with water as a negative oral contrast agent and intravenous contrast medium, can provide critical information for the diagnosis of gastric diseases. In addition, MDCT can evaluate the involvement of the gastric wall and extragastric extent of the disease, as compared with gastroenteroscopy and double-contrast upper gastrointestinal study. Regarding lesion location and size, enhancing and growth patterns, presence of calcification or fat, and involvement of the gastric wall and adjacent structures, CT may provide useful information. In this review article, we review the relevant literature and discuss the CT features and the histopathologic findings of different types of gastric lesions. The lesions are divided into benign (glomus tumors, schwannomas, leiomyomas, and lipomas), malignant (gastrointestinal stromal tumors, mucinous carcinomas, lymphomas, and carcinoid tumors), and tumor-like lesions (ectopic pancreas and bezoar). Familiarity with imaging appearances and pathologic findings can help physicians make an accurate diagnosis.

Keywords: Adenocarcinoma; Bezoar; Gastrointestinal submucosal tumor; Glomus tumor; Heterotopic pancreas; Leiomyoma; Lipoma; Lymphoma; Multidetector computed tomography; Neoplasm; Schwannoma; Stomach; carcinoid.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Contrast Media / administration & dosage
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Multidetector Computed Tomography*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prognosis
  • Stomach Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Contrast Media