A vena cava inferior leiomyosarcomája

Pinczés István, Kovács Attila, Kardos Magdolna, Gara Ákos, Gyory Gabriella, Szalay Ferenc, Speer Gábor

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INTRODUCTION - Primary neoplasm of the great blood vessels is rarely reported. The tumour most commonly presents in the inferior vena cava. In general, the prognosis is very poor, since intimal sarcomas metastasise early, and mural sarcomas grow silently and remain hidden for a long time. Also, because this type of tumour is so uncommon, it is often not considered for diagnosis. CASE REPORT - We report on the case of a 77-year-old woman with progressive symmetric oedema of the lower limbs. The investigations revealed a tumour thrombus that obliterated the inferior vena cava in its entire length. No surgery was possible because of the advanced stage of the disease. Later, Budd-Chiari syndrome developed and the patient died of progressive hepatic failure. The tumour was initially thought to be that of extravascular origin breaking into the vein. However, autopsy revealed a primary tumour of vascular origin, which histologically proved to be a leiomyosarcoma. CONCLUSION - Today, the recognition of the insidiously growing vascular mural sarcomas is assisted by an entire diagnostic arsenal. It is important, however, that the possibility of this rare disease is considered in time to permit surgical removal, the only treatment that can prolong survival. The authors would like to contribute to this by presenting this rare clinical case.

Translated title of the contributionLeiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava: Case report
Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalLege Artis Medicinae
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - febr. 1 2008


  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Inferior vena cava
  • Leiomyosarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    István, P., Attila, K., Magdolna, K., Ákos, G., Gabriella, G., Ferenc, S., & Gábor, S. (2008). A vena cava inferior leiomyosarcomája. Lege Artis Medicinae, 18(2), 133-136.