Benign metastasizing leiomyoma

Sapmaz F., Ergin M., Katrancıoğlu O., GÖNLÜGÜR U., GÖNLÜGÜR U., Elagoz S.

LUNG, vol.186, no.4, pp.271-273, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 186 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00408-008-9084-8
  • Journal Name: LUNG
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.271-273
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


A 41-year-old woman presented with chest pain and a cough. There was a solitary pulmonary nodule in the upper-left lobe. The patient had no history of neoplasm except a hysterectomy for uterine leiomyoma five years before. Six months after the first presentation, the tumor showed a gradual increase in size; an explorative thoracotomy was performed. The histopathologic examination showed a tumor consisting of well-differentiated spindle-shaped cells with intervening collagen. She was readmitted 8 months after the operation because of right-sided spontaneous pneumothorax. Multiple pulmonary nodules appeared when the lung was re-expanded by chest tube drainage. In conclusion, uterine leiomyomas can metastasize to various organs, such as lungs, despite having a benign pathologic appearance.