MR Imaging Findings of a Leiomyosarcoma of the Thoracic Spine: A Case Report

K. Tahara, K. Yamashita, A. Hiwatashi, O. Togao, K. Kikuchi, M. Endo, H. Otsuka, Y. Oda, H. Honda

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We report a case of leiomyosarcoma of the thoracic spine. Primary leiomyosarcoma is a malignant connective tissue tumor originating from smooth muscle cells. Leiomyosarcoma frequently occurs in the uterus, retroperitoneal space, gastrointestinal tract, and deep soft tissues; primary leiomyosarcoma of the bone is rare. The MR imaging including intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging findings of the current case indicated a low diffusion coefficient and high blood flow, which were in concurrence with high cell density on histology and increased vascularity by angiography. Although some benign tumors such as osteoblastoma and giant cell tumor would show similar findings on IVIM imaging, these additional imaging features may narrow the differential diagnosis of spinal tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Neuroradiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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