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Clin Radiol. 2001 Jan;56(1):76-9.

MRI appearance of a leiomyoma of the female urethra.

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Department of Urology, Kanazawa Medical University, Ishikawa 920-0293, Japan.


Leiomyomas are rare in the urinary tract, with the kidney capsule being the most common location [1]. Leiomyoma of the female urethra is very rare. In 1992, Cheng et al. reviewed a total of 29 cases. They concluded that urethral leiomyoma is a rare condition that is difficult to distinguish clinically from other urethral lesions and that a histological diagnosis is essential [2]. Although we agree that the histological diagnosis is essential, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides useful pre-operative information in cases of leiomyoma of the female urethra, as our present case indicates. To our knowledge we report the second case of a primarily diagnostic approach with MRI for leiomyoma of the female urethra. Ikeda, R. (2001). Clinical Radiology56, 76-79.

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