Your gastrointestinal tract (GI) has a lot of responsibility, from regulating digestion to even playing a role in your immunity. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are soft tissue tumors that begin in autonomic nervous system cells in your GI, and they can be cancerous, explains Healthline.
The tumors or “clusters of overgrown cells” can be found anywhere in the GI tract, which includes everything from the esophagus to the stomach to the colon, notes the source. However, most often GISTs are found in the stomach. Let’s take a closer look at the signs you might be experiencing a GIST, and what to do about it…
What Are the Symptoms of Gists?
As Healthline explains, the type of symptoms you might be experiencing will depend on the size and location of the tumor in the GI. “Because of this, they often vary in severity and from one person to another,” explains the source.
However, some of the telltale signs you should consult a doctor include bloody stools, pain/discomfort in the abdomen, fatigue, getting full easily, or even pain when swallowing. The source also points out you should let a doctor sort it out, as some of the symptoms (including possible nausea, or vomiting blood) overlap with others.