Immunohistologic Detection of Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors in Disseminated Peritoneal Leiomyomatosis

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SummaryDisseminated peritoneal leiomyomatosis (DPL) is a rare clinicopath-ologic entity typically observed in women during pregnancy or immediately postpartum. Immunohistologic examinations of frozen as well as paraffin sections in three cases of DPL confirmed the myocytic character of the lesion and substantiated the hormonal influence on growth and regression of DPL nodules by detection of estrogen and progestrone receptors in the tumor cells. Implications of functional aspects as welt as the benign clinical and morphologic feature of DPL are discussed in order to avoid inappropriate therapeutic measures.

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