Carcinoid tumor of the stomach is a relatively rare lesion. There have been 42 documented cases reported in the literature, but 16 of these were incidental findings at necropsy examination. There have been no reported cases diagnosed preoperatively. In a recent study, pathological diagnosis of stomach lesions over a 20-year period are reviewed.1 In this series were 1,235 cases of gastric carcinoma, 38 gastric leiomyomas, and 5 gastric carcinoids.
There is apparently no sex-linked incidence, since 19 of the reported cases occurred in males and 21 in females. (The other was not reported.) The youngest instance occurred in a 15-year-old girl and the eldest in an 89-year-old man. The average age of all of the cases, excluding those found incidentally at necropsy, is 48 years.1 In contrast, the average age at the time of diagnosis of appendiceal carcinoids is 29 years and small intestinal carcinoids, 57 years.1 Gastric carcinoids