Imatinib mesylate is a receptor kinase inhibitor approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of malignant metastatic and/or unresectable gastrointestinal stromal tumors and chronic myelogenous leukemia. Although imatinib is generally well tolerated, certain adverse drug reactions are common. These include gastrointestinal side-effects such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, as well as hematological side-effects and other miscellaneous side-effects such as fatigue, edema, dermatitis and dyspnea. We present a previously unreported adverse effect of imatinib, gastric antral vascular ectasia, in a 74-year-old woman with gastrointestinal stromal tumor in remission treated with adjuvant imatinib. Endoscopy performed prior to starting imatinib showed normal gastric mucosa, but 8 months after starting imatinib showed diffuse gastric inflammation. Repeat endoscopy 1 month after discontinuing imatinib showed significant improvement in gastric inflammation.
- Gastric antral vascular ectasia
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors
- Watermelon stomach
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cancer Research