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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144--145

MCQs for “Analysis of clinicopathological and immunohistochemical parameters and correlation of outcomes in gastrointestinal stromal tumors”

HS Darling1, S Jayalakshmi1, Pradeep Jaiswal2,  
1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Artemis Hospital, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Department of Surgical Oncology, Command Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Darling H S, Jayalakshmi S, Jaiswal P. MCQs for “Analysis of clinicopathological and immunohistochemical parameters and correlation of outcomes in gastrointestinal stromal tumors”.Indian J Cancer 2019;56:144-145


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Q1. Which of the following mutations in GIST are mutually exclusive?

c-kit and PDGFR-αc-kit and DOG-1DOG-1 and PDGFR-αNone of the above

Q2. Common sites of GIST in descending order as per incidence are

Ileum–duodenum–rectum–stomachStomach–ileum–duodenum–rectumRectum–ileum–duodenum–stomachDuodenum– stomach–ileum–rectum

Q3. In this study, the sole factor associated with poor recurrence-free survival in multivariate analysis is

Site of diseaseExtent of resection

Duration of adjuvant therapyNuclear pleomorphism

Q4. Which of the following are driver mutations?

c-kit and DOG-1PDGFR-α and DOG-1c-kit and PDGFR-αAll of the above

Q5. Choose the false statement pertaining to GIST

Wild-type GIST is c-kit and PDGFR-α negativeGISTs are always of gastrointestinal originWild-type GIST can be DOG-1 positiveWild-type GIST can be c-kit driven

Q6. The most important prognostic factors in GIST are all, except

Tumor sizeSiteMitotic indexLymph node involvement

Q7. Regarding surgery in GIST, true statement is

Small tumors can be managed with maximal debulkingRetroperitoneal GISTs are easier to resectWide local excision is the standard of careR+ resection is acceptable to save adjacent organs

Q8. DOG-1 is a robust biomarker, it is

A diagnostic IHC marker of GISTAn activating mutation in the tyrosine kinase pathwayThe most sensitive marker of GISTMay be positive in other soft tissue sarcomas

Q9. Adjuvant therapy in an R0 resected gastric GIST of 5 cm would be

Cytotoxic chemotherapyNoneLocal radiation therapyTyrosine kinase inhibitor

Q10. The characteristics of PDGFR-α in GIST are all, except

Is constitutively inactivatedcan be expressed in other soft tissue tumorscan be detected by IHCcan be positive along with DOG-1.

Answers and explanations:

a) c-kit and PDGFR-α

Approximately 17.6% of tumors lacking KIT mutations have activating mutations in a gene encoding a related receptor tyrosine kinase, the platelet-derived growth factor receptor-alpha (PDGFR-α). PDGFR-α mutation leads to the activation of downstream pathways identical to those in KIT-mutant GISTs. Although there is significant functional overlap, KIT and PDGFR-α mutations are mutually exclusive in GISTs.

b) Stomach–ileum–duodenum–rectum

The majority of cases were gastric in location (47.8%), followed by jejunoileal (18.5%) and duodenum (15.2%).

d) Nuclear pleomorphism

On multivariate analysis, only nuclearpleomorphism is significantly associated with recurrence.

c) c-kit and PDGFR-α

More than 90% of GISTs harbor activating KIT mutations. Approximately 17.6% of tumors lacking KIT mutations have activating mutations in a gene encoding a related receptor tyrosine kinase, the platelet-derived growth factor receptor-alpha (PDGFR-α).

b) GISTs are always of gastrointestinal origin

With the development of highly effective targeted therapies against GISTs, such as imatinib, the prognosis of these patients has significantly improved, which mandates a precise and accurate diagnosis of GISTs to be of utmost importance, especially for the wild-type (c-kit and PDGFR-α negative) GISTs. GIST arising from mesentery and retroperitoneum generally referred to as “extragastrointestinal stromal tumors” (EGISTs) constituted 10%–17.8% of cases in various studies.

d) Lymph node involvement

The proposed prognostic factor for survival includes tumor size, mitotic index, tumor location, tumor rupture, and kinase mutational status.

c) Wide local excision is the standard of care

Surgery with negative microscopic margins is the mainstay treatment for resectable nonmetastatic GISTs. Small tumors are usually managed by WLE. The most important factor to prevent recurrence is to prevent tumor rupture or hemorrhage intraoperatively. In half of the patients with retroperitoneal tumors, adjacent organ resection was required suggesting local infiltrating nature of the disease.

a) A diagnostic IHC marker of GIST

Since DOG1 is specifically expressed by GISTs as compared with ubiquitous positivity of c-kit in many normal cells and other tumors, it is a good supplementary marker.

d) Tyrosine kinase inhibitor

Imatinib therapy is recommended for tumor larger than 3 cm, especially the tumor adjacent to vital organs and at high risk of recurrence.

a) Is constitutively inactivated

PDGFR-α mutation leads to the activation of downstream pathways identical to those in KIT-mutant GISTs. Although there is significant functional overlap, KIT and PDGFR-α mutations are mutually exclusive in GISTs. However, PDGFR-α can be expressed in other soft tissue tumors such as synovial sarcoma and leiomyosarcoma and it has a variable expression among GISTs.