Indian Journal of Urology
: 2003  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 169--170

Leiomyoblastoma of the urethra

Dilip Kumar Pal 
 Department of Urology, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, India

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Leiomyoma of the female urethra is a very rare condi­tion. [1],[2] Approximately 40 cases have been reported in the literature. [2],[3] We report a case of leiomyoblastoma (Epitheloid leiomyoma) of the female urethra which usu­ally occurs in the stomach or uterus, but seldom in the urethra.

 Case Report

A 28-year-old married woman presented with dysparu­nia due to a slow-growing mass for last two years, gradu­ally protruding out of external genitalia. Physical examination revealed a mass arising from the upper lip of the urethra and hanging outside the vagina [Figure 1]. Exter­nal urethral meatus was free from the mass. She did not have any voiding difficulty or haematuria.

Routine haematological and biochemical investigations were within normal limits. Cystourethroscopy suggested a mass arising near the external urethral meatus and the remaining urethra and bladder was normal. FNAC con­firmed a benign tumour arising from smooth muscle. The mass was excised totally putting a catheter in the urethra.

Excised specimen was of 6 cm x 6 cm x 4 cm with a fleshy homogeneous cut surface. Histopathological exami­nation showed a leiomyoblastoma [Figure 2]. The patient is asymptomatic without recurrence at one-year follow-up.


Leiomyoma of the urethra mainly occurs in the female, though a few reports of male urethral leiomyoma have been reported. [4] Leiomyoblastoma in the urethra is very rare condition and only few cases have been reported. [2]

Usually the patient presents with a mass, dysparunia and dysuria. [1],[2],[3] Sometimes the diagnosis may be confused with urethral caruncle. [1] Local surgical excision or transurethral ablation is the recommended treatment. [1],[2] Histopathologi­cal examination confirms the diagnosis.


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