OESOPHAGUS - Submucosal leiomyoma

Specimen consists of a segment of oesophageal wall measuring 11 cm in length. This has been opened posteriorly to reveal a submucosal nodular tumour mass. On sectioning this has a whorled cut silk appearance.
This 70 year old male was admitted with a dissecting aneurysm of the thoracic aorta. At postmortem examination this submucosal leiomyoma was found within the oesophagus, it had apparently been asymptomatic.