ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Computed Tomography-Based Diagnosis of Gastric Vein Invasion in Patients with Gastric Cancer
1 Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2018; 50: 91-95
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2018.0041
Key Words: Gastric cancer, prognosis, venous invasion, CT, gastric vein


Objective: The objective of this study was to demonstrate computed tomography (CT)-based diagnosis of venous invasion in patients with gastric cancer and its prognostic value.

Materials and Methods
: Medical records and CT examinations of 530 patients with gastric cancer diagnosed after biopsy from February 2003 to December 2015 were included in this retrospective study. An imaging-based diagnosis of venous invasion was established when one of the following criteria were satisfied: 1) tumoral enhancement in the lumen of the vein, 2) tumor protruding through the course of a vein, and 3) distention of the vein due to extension of the gastric tumor. CT-based diagnosis of gastric vein invasion was established in 11/530 patients.

: Histopathological examination revealed poorly differentiated gastric adenocarcinoma (n=10) and neuroendocrine carcinoma (n=1). The median survival of the patients after the initial CT was 153.5 (range: 6–1275) days. Tumor invasion was observed at the aberrant left gastric vein (n=2), right gastroepiploic and superior mesenteric vein (n=2), gastric vein (n=4), and short gastric vein (n=3). Two of the three patients with short gastric vein invasion died 6 and 7 days after the initial CT, respectively.

: All draining veins of the stomach can be invaded by gastric cancer; CT can enable diagnosis that may be important for prognosis and surgical planning. The presence of short gastric vein invasion detected by CT may be associated with poor prognosis.

Cite this article as
: Unal E, Karaosmanoglu AD, Ozmen MN, Akata D, Karcaaltincaba M. Computed tomography-based diagnosis of gastric vein invasion in patients with gastric cancer. Eurasian J Med 2018; 50: 91-5.

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