Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 120–122 | Cite as

Abdominal aortic invasion by leiomyosarcoma

  • C. P. Cantwell
  • J. Stack


We describe a case of retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma with extra- and intravascular involvement. The patient presented with abdominal aortic rupture secondary to tumor invasion and extensive tumor thrombus in the inferior vena cava. The presence of a rupture of the abdominal aorta is an important radiologic diagnosis to make because early endovascular or surgical repair can prevent a catastrophic free rupture. Inferior vena cava involvement by leiomyosarcoma may be locally resected in some cases but has a poor long-term survival rate.


Aorta Retroperitoneal Leiomyosarcoma Invasion Rupture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMater Misericordiae University HospitalDublin 7Ireland

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