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Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) - Damien Schumann

Damien Schumann
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A tumour of the small intestine (jejunum) with surface ulcerations which resulted in severe haemorrhage from an exposed vessel. The most common presentation of GIST is GI bleeding, which may be acute (melaena or haematemesis) or chronic insidious bleeding leading to anaemia. Tumor rupture, GI obstruction, or appendicitis-like pain can cause an acute abdomen. Smaller GISTs are often incidental findings during surgery, radiologic studies, or endoscopy. Approximately 20% to 25% of gastric and 40% to 50% of small intestinal GISTs are clinically malignant.

This body of work looks at the alien world that is our body and seeks understanding to the mechanics behind how the body responds to our actions and lifestyle. It explores some of the pressures the body has to fight, and places a visual to conditions that are very often spoken of but seldom completely understood.

Photo of Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) by Damien Schumann