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Leiomyoma in the Retzius space: a rare cause for voiding difficulties.

Authors
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  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tuebingen, Calwerstrasse 7, 72076, Tuebingen, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International urogynecology journal and pelvic floor dysfunction
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
10
Pages
1229–1231
Identifiers
PMID: 17431535
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 54-year-old woman with voiding difficulties was referred to our department. She complained about a slow urine stream, hesitancy, straining when voiding and the feeling of incomplete emptying. The gynaecological examination revealed a 4x3 cm pelvic tumour. The tumour was well circumscribed in the retropubic space between the symphysis and the bladder neck sonographically and by magnetic resonance imaging and was closed off from neighbouring structures. After removal of the tumour, the voiding problems were reversed, and the patient has remained asymptomatic. The histological examination showed a leiomyoma with high vascularisation. This case report showed that retropubic tumours can obstruct the urethra and cause voiding dysfunctions. Consequently, this needs to be considered in the differential diagnosis.

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