Intravascular leiomyomatosis with cardiac extension, a case report

Juan Garcés Garcés, Fernando Terán Camacho, Gerardo Dávalos Dávalos, Sofía Zárate León, Ligia Redrobán Armendáriz, Vladimir Ullauri Solórzano, Gabriel A. Molina, Santiago Endara Aguirre

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Background: Intravascular leiomyomatosis (IVL) is a histologically benign smooth muscle tumor arising from the uterus that can spread through the pelvic veins and, on rare occasions, extend as far as the heart via the inferior vena cava. Despite its benign characteristics, it can behave like a malignant tumor leading to significant morbidity and even mortality if left untreated. Case presentation: The patient is a 42-year-old woman with a past medical history of uterine leiomyomas. She presented with heavy bleeding and frequent spotting; therefore, she went to her gynecologist. After further evaluation, a mass within the uterus that expanded into the pelvic veins, inferior vena cava, and right atrium was discovered. After the complete removal of the mass, the patient underwent full recovery. IVL with cardiac extension was the final diagnosis. Conclusion: Although IVL is rare, it must be considered in women who underwent previous hysterectomies or myomectomies and present with symptoms of right heart failure. The ideal therapy will need the aid of a multidisciplinary team and will depend on the patient’s symptoms, previous operative history, the tumor’s extension, and resectability.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo256
PublicaciónJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
EstadoPublicada - 1 sep. 2023
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