What is the Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumour?An inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour is an uncommon tumour that develops in the mucous and mesenteric tissues of the body. The mucosa or mucous membrane is the membrane that lines various hollow body cavities such as the eyes, nose, throat, stomach, digestive tract, lungs, genital and urinary tract. The mesentery is the organ that connects the intestines to the abdomen.
Disease EpidemiologyIt is a very rare condition that affects less than one person in a million. So far, only 150-200 cases have been reported in the United States.
Disease Etiology (causes)There is no well-known cause.
Signs and SymptomsThe patients may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Growth failure or a lower rate of growth in children
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Weight loss
- Anemia (pale or yellowish colour of the skin, lethargy, difficulty in breathing)
- Pain in the chest
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy
- Histopathological examination