Can J Anaesth 2014 May 1;61(5):446-51. Epub 2014 Mar 1.
Department of Anesthesiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, No. 37 Guo Xue Ave., Chengdu, 610041, Sichuan, People's Republic of China.
Purpose: Intravenous leiomyomatosis is a rare disorder characterized by benign smooth-muscle tumours, termed leiomyomas, which originate from uterine leiomyomas or pelvic veins. Tumours may extend into the right-sided heart chambers, termed intracardiac leiomyomatosis (ICLM), and may be potentially life-threatening due to mechanical interference with cardiac structures or pulmonary arteries. While surgical excision is the optimal therapy, incomplete retrieval of a tumour or fatal retroperitoneal hemorrhage may occur. Read More