A Rare Cause of Difficulty with Sexual Intercourse: Large Retroperitoneal Leiomyoma


Fahrettin Yildiz, MD, Harran University Medical Faculty, Department of General Surgery, 63300, Sanliurfa, Turkey. Tel: +90-414-3141170; Fax: +90-414-3151581; E-mail: fahrettinyildiz@hotmail.com


Introduction.  The prevalence of sexual dysfunction is high among women; however, sexual dysfunction secondary to anatomical deformity in women is rare. In addition, primary retroperitoneal leiomyomas are very rare clinical conditions.

Aim.  To present a case with sexual dysfunction secondary to anatomical deformity.

Methods.  In this article, we report the case of a large retroperitoneal leiomyoma causing sexual dysfunction.

Results.  After the surgical removal of the large retroperitoneal mass, previous intercourse difficulties had been resolved.

Conclusions.  Retroperitoneal tumors may obstruct the vagina by congesting the pelvic area and may be considered as a possible cause of female sexual dysfunction. Yildiz F, Camuzcuoglu H, Toy H, Terzi A, and Guldur ME. A rare cause of difficulty with sexual ıntercourse: Large retroperitoneal leiomyoma. J Sex Med 2009;6:3221–3223.