Updates in Surgery

, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 423–424 | Cite as

Large retrorectal leiomyosarcoma: case report and considerations about a rare and challenging disease

  • Luca TuratiEmail author
  • Alfio Alessandro Russo
  • Giovanni Sgroi
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Retrorectal sarcomas are not common, and few data are available in the literature on the best way to treat them. We report a case of a 75-year-old man, with only hypertension in anamnesis, presenting with proctorrhagia and pelvic and lower abdominal pain. Colonoscopy showed a stenotizing lesion from the dentate line extended for 10 cm, partially ulcerated but mostly with the features of ab extrinseco compression with normal mucosa. Histological examination of the biopsies revealed a malignancy of the mesenchymal line. Pelvis MRI showed a 11.5 × 17.5 pelvic mass with an anterior growth infiltrating the rectum ab extrinseco and in contact with prostate, bladder, and seminal vesicles. An endoscopic ultrasound confirmed a bulky pelvic hypoechoic mass-infiltrating prostate and seminal vesicles and penetrating the lumen of the proximal rectum. No lung or liver metastases at CT scan were present. Surgery was a join venture by general surgeons and urologists, and a total pelvic...


Seminal Vesicle Leiomyosarcoma Pelvic Exenteration Chylous Leakage Radial Margin 
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Turati
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alfio Alessandro Russo
    • 1
  • Giovanni Sgroi
    • 1
  1. 1.Surgical Oncology UnitTreviglio HospitalTreviglioItaly

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