Review Article
Majeed H Alwan
MBChB, FRCSEd, FRACS, FACS, Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon, Tauranga Hospital, Tauranga,
New Zealand. E-mail:
Retroperitoneal sarcoma (RPS) is a rare tumour. Its management is challenging because of
often late presentation when the tumour attain a significant size, and its close relationship to
several vital organs and structures in the retroperitoneum. Although surgery remains the main
hope in controlling the disease, the use of neoadjuvant or adjuvant radiotherapy and/or
chemotherapy remains controversial. Local recurrence is high and there are reports of
successful second and third resections after recurrence.
In this report the author reports two cases recently he had managed and presents the unique
CT scan findings of the first case. This is followed by a brief review of the important matters
related to this tumour.