A peculiar site of leiomyosarcoma: the tongue tip-report of a case

S. W. Yang, Tsung-Ming Chen, C. Y. Tsai, C. Y. Lin

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Primary leiomyosarcoma of the tongue is an exceedingly rare malignant mesenchymal tumour, which is hardly ever addressed in the differential diagnosis of a tongue lesion. Only 7 cases of this tumour have been documented in English-language medical literature. This study reports an additional case of primary leiomyosarcoma of the tongue in a 54-year-old woman, presenting with a foreign body sensation at the tip of the tongue with a rapidly and progressively enlarging ulcerative nodule. The patient received tumour excision with a 1-year follow-up without evidence of local recurrence or distant metastasis. Leiomyosarcoma in this unusual site seems to have better prognosis than elsewhere, although the number of cases are too small to draw a conclusion. This study further reviews the literature review and discusses the clinico-pathological presentation of this peculiar rare tongue lesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-471
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • foreign body sensation
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • tongue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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