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Sarcomas of the adult liver are unusual neoplasms, and can sometimes pose a difficult differential diagnosis. The authors report a myxoid spindle cell tumor arising in the liver of a 26-year-old woman. Histopathologic, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural analysis demonstrated features of smooth muscle differentiation. Neoplastic nuclei were positive for estrogen receptor-beta and androgen receptor, but not estrogen receptor-alpha or progesterone receptor. Based on the large size of the tumor and the presence of conspicuous mitotic activity, the diagnosis of myxoid leiomyosarcoma was made. This case represents the third documented example of this tumor in the liver. The differential diagnosis in relation to this particular site of origin is discussed.