Leiomyosarcoma

Definition

A leiomyosarcoma is a rare cancerous tumor of the smooth muscle cells. It is most often found in the uterus or abdomen.

Figures

Superficial anterior muscles

References

Demetri GD. Sarcomas of soft tissue and bone, and other neoplasms of connective tissue. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 209.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Version 3.2012. Available at http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/sarcoma.pdf. Accessed 03/07/2013.

Revision

Last reviewed 3/23/2014 by Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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