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Volume 16, Number 2, 2011

Intramuscular myxoma of the left leg - case report of the lesion observed for several years

Arkadiusz Spychała, Dawid Murawa, Aleksander Niziołek



The aim of this study was to present the process of diagnosis and treatment of a patient with diagnosed intramuscular myxoma in the left lower limb.


Myxomas are benign neoplasms which can be found within large muscle groups. Histologically, these neoplasms are composed of a few elongated or star-shaped cells lying in abundant mucoid stroma. These tumours are characterized by expanding growth without forming distant metastases.

Case description

A man, 58, came to the Surgical Oncology Outpatient Clinic due to pain ailments and a growing tumour located in the rear group of the left shank muscles. The patient had been observing the lesion for several years, but related the occurrence of pain to the change in the nature of his job – from sedentary to standing. The patient underwent diagnostic imaging, a magnetic resonance imaging test, in which a tumour was described. A surgery was carried out where the tumour was resected together with the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle. No significant walking disorders, neurological deficits, either sensory or motor were observed. The follow-up imaging examinations, which were carried out a year after the surgery, did not reveal a relapse. The patient remains under the care of the Surgical Oncology Outpatient Clinic.


Myxomas are a group of benign neoplasms whose first symptom is the appearance of a palpable tumour whose stretching growth causes painful ailments. After magnetic resonance imaging and a diagnosis, it is necessary to plan the surgery. Radical resection of the lesion is a method of choice which guarantees long-lasting recovery.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2011; 16(2) : 71-74

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