A Case of Leiomyosarcoma of the Diaphragm

Yasushi Cho, MD,1,2 Houhei Hishiyama, MD,1 Yutaka Nakamura, MD,1 and Hiroyuki Katoh, MD2

A patient with a rare leiomyosarcoma of the diaphragm was encountered. A 74-year-old woman was admitted complaining of left shoulder pain and hypochondralgia. A mass was found on the left side of the diaphragm on imaging studies. Laparoscopic biopsy was performed and the diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma was established histopathologically. To improve her complaint, removal of the mass was attempted, which resulted in compromise resection. (Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2001; 7: 297-300)

Key words: diaphragm, leiomyosarcoma

From the 1Department of Surgery, Asahikawa Red Cross Hospital, Asahikawa, and 2Second Department of Surgery, Hokkaido University Hospital, Sapporo, Japan

Received January 5, 2001; accepted for publication June 5, 2001
Address reprint requests to Yasushi Cho, MD: Second Department of Surgery, Hokkaido University Hospital, N-14, W-5, Sapporo 060-0814, Japan.