Imaging findings of gastric plexiform fibromyxoma with a cystic change: A case report and review of literature

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Plexiform fibromyxoma (PF) is an extremely rare mesenchymal tumor of the stomach, and its radiological findings have not been well described. Here, we analyzed the imaging features of a case of PF. To our knowledge, this is a rare reported case with a remarkable cystic change in the imaging literature.

Patient concerns:

A previously healthy 50-year-old woman presented with a 1-day history of abdominal pain. Then, she underwent computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A cystic-solid well-circumscribed extraluminal mass was located in the posterior wall of the gastric upper body. The solid portion appeared as heterogeneous attenuation/intensity with progressive enhancement while the cystic region had no enhancement.


The potential for malignancy could not be excluded.


Laparoscopic partial gastric resection was performed.


Based on pathological findings, a diagnosis of PF was made. The patient was alive without any recurrence or metastasis of the tumor after 2 years of follow-up.


As far as we know, a gastric PF with a remarkable cystic change has never been reported. Additionally, the tumor exhibited a progressive enhancement pattern which is a characteristic radiographic feature in our case. Our report may help increase the awareness of this rare but important new disease entity.

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