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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Gastric cancer in a teenager: a case report

Itai Ghersin / Lior H. Katz
  • Department of Gastroenterology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Ramat-Gan, Israel
  • Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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Published Online: 2017-08-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0078



Gastric cancer occurs mainly in older patients, with a peak incidence over 60 years of age. It is relatively rare among younger individuals. However, the frequency of gastric cancer in young patients appears to be on the rise worldwide.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 19-year-old female soldier who, after a considerable diagnostic delay, was diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma. She is one of the youngest gastric adenocarcinoma patients ever reported in Israel.


This case should serve as a reminder that gastric carcinoma is a possible diagnosis even in young patients. It also highlights the critical importance of obtaining a thorough medical history in the process of clinical decision making.

Keywords: adolescent medicine; gastric cancer; military medicine


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About the article

Received: 2017-05-03

Accepted: 2017-06-20

Published Online: 2017-08-05

Conflict of interest: None of the authors have conflicts of interest to state.

Authors’ contributions: IG drafted the manuscript. LK critically reviewed the manuscript. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170078, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0078.

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