Complete Surgical Resection of a 40-cm Leiomyosarcoma of the Large Bowel Mesentery

Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, Daniel G. Nicastri, Massoud Kashani, Kenneth Fried

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Introduction: Leiomyosarcoma of the large bowel mesentery is a rare entity and characteristically behaves in an aggressive fashion. Surgical resection is the mainstay of treatment and offers both symptomatic and therapeutic benefit. Case: We describe the case of a 55-year-old woman who presented with weight loss, increasing abdominal girth and a large solid inhomogenous mass within the abdomen and pelvis demonstrated on a computed tomography (CT) scan. The patient underwent an exploratory laparotomy and extensive tumor debulking procedure with complete resection of her tumor. Final pathology revealed leiomyosarcoma of the large bowel mesentery. The patient has chosen not to receive adjuvant therapy. Conclusions: Leiomyosarcoma of the large bowel mesentery often presents as an advanced lesion making surgical resection a challenging and potentially morbid procedure. Although surgical resection may be faced with significant morbidity, maximum surgical effort with complete resection offers the best overall outcome for patients with this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Patient Care
  • bowel mesentery
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • surgical tumor debulking


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