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Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2007;28(5):418-20.

A rare case of female pelvic mass: angioleiomyoma of the broad ligament.

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  • 1Department of Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.


Angioleiomyoma is a benign mesenchymal neoplasm composed of smooth muscle cells and thick-walled vessels. It is usually found in the skin of the lower extremities. Angioleiomyoma is a very rare tumor among the ever-expanding repertoire of growth variants described in benign uterine leiomyoma. More rare is a solitary tumor of the broad ligament. Thus angioleiomyoma of the broad ligament is an extremely rare benign tumor of the female pelvis. In this report a 52-year-old woman with a one-year history of abdominal pain was admitted to our hospital. Gynaecological and ultrasonography exams showed a large mass with increased vascularization in the right adnexal region. The patient underwent total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. The site of the benign mass was the left broad ligament of the uterus. On pathologic examination of the specimen, the tumor was diagnosed as angioleiomyoma. We present a case of angioleiomyoma of the broad ligament because of its extreme rarity and the large size of the tumor.

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