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Carinal leiomyoma: a cause for acute respiratory distress
  1. Ruta Goregaonkar1,
  2. Pradeep Vaideeswar2,
  3. Shobhana P Pandit2
  1. 1Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India
  2. 2Department of Pathology (Cardiovascular & Thoracic Division), Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai, India
  1. Dr Pradeep Vaideeswar, Department of Pathology (Cardiovascular & Thoracic Division), Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai 400 012, India; shreeprajai{at}

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Leiomyomata of the respiratory tract are rare neoplasms with an incidence of 0.34%, almost exclusive occurrence in adults and a slight female preponderance.1 Similar lesions are exceptionally encountered in children and a remarkable feature is their occurrence on a background of immunodeficiency states and concomitant Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection.2 We report multi-centric leiomyomata in a young patient; HIV status was not known, but immuno-markers for EBV were negative.

A young patient had presented to the emergency medical services with sudden exacerbation of breathlessness and cough that had been present for nearly 6 months. Clinical examination suggested collapse of the left lung and foreign body aspiration. Radiological investigations revealed …

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