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Adult Rhabdomyoma Arising In The Thigh: A Case Report And Review Of The Literature.

Author(s): Ben Taarit CH

Journal: Journal of Orthopaedics
ISSN 0972-978X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Adult | Rhabdomyoma

Rhabdomyoma of soft tissue is a totally benign, non aggressive tumor, rare and originated from wrinkled muscle cells [1, 2]. This tumor is distinguished in cardiac and extracardiac localisations: the cardiac one, which is the most frequent, especially in children, and often associated to other malformations as tuberous sclerosis (50% of the cases), phacomatosis or disorders of glycogen metabolism, and the extracardiac one [3, 4, 5, 6].Extracardiac type may be classified as adult, fetal and genital type [2]. It occurs primarily in the head and neck region, especially aerodigestive tract (pharynx, larynx and oral cavity) or soft tissues, of men and women older than 40 years, although it can occur in other places such as bladder, oesophagus, eye socket (orbits), stem and extremities. The genital type rhabdomyomas are slow growing lesions of the vagina or vulva of young middle-aged women. Fetal and adult forms can differ in relation to age: the adult one is more common at fifties, with predilection for male and the fetal one occurs in children usually less than 3 year of age. [1, 2, 4, 7, 8]About the 110 reported cases, only one was arising in the thigh [9]. This is the second case of an extremity adult rhabdomyoma to be reported there.We will introduce below a case of a patient with adult rhabdomyomas affecting the sartoruis muscle, image, surgical access and histopathological aspects related to the tumor as well.
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