It has been stated that a benign tumor of the stomach occurs so rarely that it may be regarded only as a clinical curiosity. More often it is taught that a tumor of this type is usually asymptomatic and that it is seen as a rule only incidentally at autopsy. A review of the literature, however, shows that, though decidedly infrequent, such a tumor may give rise to grave or persistent symptoms referable to the gastro-intestinal tract. The fact that a new growth of the stomach may be benign assumes a practical aspect in view of the importance of conserving such an organ as the stomach.
My interest in this subject was aroused recently by an unusual case in which severe gastric hemorrhage occurred. As the patient had suffered three attacks of hematemesis, two of which had been so severe as to reduce him to a state of shock, exploration