A Diffuse Pulmonary Presentation of Benign Metastasizing Leiomyomas Fawwaz R ShawFawwaz R Shaw*
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Fawwaz R Shaw
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 31, 2012; Accepted date: September 27, 2012; Published date: October 01, 2012
Citation: Shaw FR (2012) A Diffuse Pulmonary Presentation of Benign Metastasizing Leiomyomas. J Pulmon Resp Med 2:132. doi:10.4172/2161-105X.1000132
Copyright: © 2012 Shaw FR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Benign metastasizing leiomyomas of the lung remain an infrequently encountered pulmonary pathology with poorly understood pathogenesis and unclear treatment algorithm. They may manifest a spectrum of clinical symptoms and have multiple proposed etiologies. Critical to this diagnosis is adequate tissue biopsy, which additionally may facilitate treatment based on hormonal receptor status.
Complete surgical resection of solitary pulmonary lesions is advocated with targeted endocrine therapy as a proposed means of treating disseminated disease. Long term follow up of these patients is critical to our understanding of the risk of recurrence, malignant transformation and natural history of this disease.