Korean J Gastroenterol.  2005 Jan;45(1):64-67.

Two Cases of Histopathologically Advanced (Stage IV)Early Gastric Cancer

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Masan Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Masan, Korea. ncnanmc@yahoo.co.kr

Abstract

Various minimally invasive surgical techniques in some cases of early gastric cancer are becoming common practice. However, there are rare cases of advanced cancer with distant metastasis although the invasion of the gastric wall is limited to the mucosa and/or submucosa (defined as early gastric cancer according to UICC-TNM classification). We report two cases of early gastric cancer with distant metastasis (stage IV). Both tumors were defined as early cancer because they were confined to the submucosa. One was a type IIa early cancer, histologically classifiable as a signet ring cell carcinoma (according to the Japanese Classification of Gastric Carcinoma and UICC-TNM classification); the other was a surface spreading type IIb IIc, classifiable as a signet ring cell carcinoma, too. Stage IV factors were ovarian metastasis (Krukenberg tumor) in the former and N3 in the latter case.

Keyword

Early gastric cancer; Stage IV; Metastasis

MeSH Terms

Adult
Carcinoma, Signet Ring Cell/*pathology/secondary
English Abstract
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Stomach Neoplasms/*pathology
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