Primary leiomyosarcoma of the oral tongue: Magnetic resonance and ultrasonography findings with histopathologic correlation

A. Castaldi, T. Arcuri, M. Carta, P. Quilici, L. E. Derchi

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Abstract

Leiomyosarcoma is a malignant smooth muscle tumor that frequently occurs in the gastrointestinal tract and female genital tract. It is aggressive and tends to recur and metastasize. Clinical behavior is unpredictable, mostly influenced by a proper surgical approach. Oral leiomyosarcoma, in particular of the tongue, is extremely rare and poorly documented in the radiology literature. Diagnostic assessment of oral leiomyosarcoma is often challenging, mostly founded on its peculiar immunohistological features. However, imaging evaluation is essential in staging and for preoperative planning. We illustrate the case of a 52-year-old woman with 2-months history of a painless growing mass on the left hemitongue, with magnetic resonance and ultrasonographic features correlated to histopathologic examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-517
Number of pages4
JournalActa Radiologica
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Head and neck
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Neoplasms, primary
  • Tongue
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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