Anus and perianal area
Benign or nonneoplastic lesions

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 3 October 2017, last major update Septmber 2014

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Leiomyoma anus

Cite this page: Weisenberg, E. Leiomyoma. website. Accessed October 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Benign smooth muscle tumor
  • Uncommon but most frequent mesenchymal tumor of the anorectum (Odze: Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas, 3rd Edition, 2014)
  • Tumors of muscularis mucosa are not rare but most studies are of anorectum making incidence of true superficial anal tumors difficult to determine
  • Intramural tumors are very rare
  • Secondary involvement of perianal / perirectal tissue by leiomyomas in women is considered more common than true anal intramural leiomyomas
  • Muscularis mucosa of anal transition zone / lower rectum, internal anal sphincter (very rare), anal longitudinal muscle (very rare)
Clinical features
  • Discrete mass
  • May be incidental finding or associated with bleeding
Prognostic factors
  • These are benign lesions
Case reports
  • Local excision, polypectomy, sleeve resection
Gross description
  • Well delineated nodules
  • Superficial lesions are usually under 1 cm
  • Deeper tumors are described as up to 4 cm in size but only rare cases are reported
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Well delineated nodules composed of bland spindled cells with tapered nuclei
  • Usually paucicellular without atypia but more cellular and atypical cases described
  • Essential absence of mitotic activity
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Of rectal muscularis mucosa

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