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Int J Urol. 2008 Feb;15(2):182-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2042.2007.01967.x.

Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the urinary bladder in a 27-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-5770, USA.


Spindle cell lesions of the urinary bladder are uncommon tumors, and are most often spindle cell (sarcomatoid) carcinomas, non-neoplastic reactive mesenchymal proliferations, or soft tissue sarcomas. Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs) may also occur in this location. Herein, we report an unusual case of an IMT arising in a previously uninstrumented bladder of a 27-year-old African American female with systemic lupus erythematosus. To our knowledge, IMT has not been reported in the clinical setting of rheumatologic disease.

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