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Chirurgia 2011 October;24(5):279-82

language: Italian

Leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava: a case report

Caronia V., Battistioli M., Gualandi O., Pozzobon M., Bonotto G., Baraglia E., Fabi F.

Dipartimento di Chirurgia Generale, ALSS N. 9 del Veneto, Ospedale Civile di Oderzo, Treviso, Italia


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Sarcomas of the great vessels are rare. Altogether 400 such cases have been described in the aorta, pulmonary artery and inferior vena cava. The clinical symptoms are generally related to embolic phenomena, aneurysm formation and metastases, especially to bones. With improved diagnostic modalities more cases are diagnosed and treated surgically, improving the patient’s prognosis. The authors describe in this paper a case of leiomyosarcoma arising from the inferior vena cava, identified with an ultrasonography for cholelithiasis, treated surgically. A review of the literature about it is also presented.

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