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J Reprod Med. 1995 Dec;40(12):863-4.

Liposarcoma of the vulva: a case report.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina Hospitals and School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Vulvar liposarcoma is rare. Three cases have been reported since 1966. Primary sarcomas of the vulva constitute 1-2% of all vulvar malignancies. Because of their location and appearance, they may be easily misdiagnosed as a more benign process.

CASE:

A 65-year-old, black woman had a vulvar lesion that appeared clinically to be a Bartholin's gland abscess. The lesion was a soft tissue mass, was excised in toto and was sent for pathologic study with a presumed diagnosis of lipoma. The pathology report indicated pleomorphic liposarcoma.

CONCLUSION:

Only three prior cases of this disease have been reported. The clinician should heighten his or her awareness in a patient with a vulvar mass. Early diagnosis is imperative for a favorable outcome.

PMID:
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