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Primary gastric yolk tumours are extremely rare. We report a 52-year-old male who presented to the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman, in 2017 after having undergone a gastrectomy abroad due to a suspected poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma. The patient subsequently returned to Oman to receive chemotherapy. However, while undergoing chemotherapy, an abdominal computed tomography scan revealed a lobulated mesenteric mass. Microscopic examination of the resected lesion confirmed a diagnosis of a yolk sac tumour. The mass was diffusely positive for α-fetoprotein (AFP) and a gastric carcinoma stain was negative. Gastrectomy slides from the patient’s previous surgery were examined retrospectively. The morphology was typical for a yolk sac tumour and was negative for epithelial markers. An AFP stain showed diffuse immunoreactivity. Thus, the patient was deemed to have had a primary gastric yolk sac tumour which had later metastasised to the mesocolon. Germ cell tumour protocols were initiated and the patient responded well to treatment.


Keywords: Yolk Sac Tumor; Germ Cell Tumor; Gastrectomy; Metastasis; Diagnostic Errors; Case Report; Oman.

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Qureshi, A., Al-Moundhri, M., Al-Shaibi, M., Al-Haddabi, I., & Mittal, A. (2018). Primary Gastric Yolk Sac Tumour. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, 18(3), e383–385. https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2018.18.03.020