Gastrointestinal stromal tumor gist gastrointestinal stromal tumors gists are soft tissue sarcomas that can be located in any part of the digestive system their most common sites are the stomach and small intestine gists start in specialized nerve cells located in the walls of your digestive system these cells are part of the autonomic nervous system. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors gists are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tractgists arise in the smooth muscle pacemaker interstitial cell of cajal or similar cells they are defined as tumors whose behavior is driven by mutations in the kit gene 85 pdgfra gene 10 or braf kinase rare 95 of gists stain positively for kit cd117. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors gists are uncommon cancers that start in special cells in the wall of the gastrointestinal gi tract also known as the digestive tract to understand gists it helps to know something about the structure and function of the gi tract how the gastrointestinal gi tract works. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor gist if you have a gastrointestinal stromal tumor gist or are close to someone who does knowing what to expect can help you cope here you can find out all about gastrointestinal stromal tumors including risk factors symptoms how they are found and how they are treated about gastrointestinal stromal tumor
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