Tissue tumor

Aspiration biopsy cytology of extraabdominal desmoid tumor concurrently occurring in a patient with tumoral calcinosis DIAGNOSTIC CYTOPATHOLOGY, Issue 9 2008

Extraabdominal fibromatosis or desmoid tumor (DT) is a slow growing locally aggressive soft tissue tumor that can occur anywhere in the body.

We report the aspiration biopsy cytology features of a case of DT of the right neck area in a 35-year-old man who had a long standing history of tumoral calcinosis.

We discuss the possible differential diagnoses of other benign or malignant lesions on fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy and especially discuss the aspiration cytology features of DT compared with those of tumoral calcinosis.

Cytohistologic correlations in schwannomas (neurilemmomas), including “ancient,” cellular, and epithelioid variants DIAGNOSTIC CYTOPATHOLOGY, Issue 8 2006

Although it is well defined in the cytology literature, particular histologic subtypes such as “ancient,” cellular and epitheliod variants could be a source of diagnostic difficulties.


Original cytologic diagnosis was schwannoma in 13 (38.2%) cases, benign soft tissue tumor in 11 (32.4%), pleomorphic adenoma in 2 (6%) cases, angioma in 1 (2.9%) case, nodular fasciitis in 1 (2.9%) case, suspicious in 3 (8.8%) cases, and not satisfactory in 3 (8.8%) cases.

Schwannoma should be differentiated from well-differentiated malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, neurofibroma, and pleomorphic adenoma, in the last instance particularly for head and neck lesions.

Joubert syndrome (JS) is an autosomal-recessive disorder, characterized by hypotonia, ataxia, global developmental delay and molar tooth sign on magnetic resonance imaging.

A variety of other abnormalities have been described in children with JS, including abnormal breathing, abnormal eye movements, a characteristic facial appearance, delayed language, hypersensitivity to noise, autism, ocular and oculomotor abnormalities, meningoencephaloceles, microcephaly, low-set ears, polydactyly, retinal dysplasia, kidney abnormalities (renal cysts), soft tissue tumor of the tongue, liver disease and duodenal atresia.

Glossal angiomyoma: Imaging findings and endovascular treatment HEAD & NECK: JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENCES & SPECIALTIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK, Issue 12 2004

We describe for the first time the CT, MRI, and angiographic imaging features and successful preoperative endovascular embolization of an angiomyoma of the tongue.

In addition, endovascular embolization may be a useful adjunct that facilitates resection. Sarcoma meaning in tamil © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Sarcoma uk fundraising Head Neck26: 1084,1088, 2004

Lipomatous hemangiopericytoma of the head and neck: immunohistochemical and dna ploidy analyses HEAD & NECK: JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENCES & SPECIALTIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK, Issue 6 2004

Lipomatous hemangiopericytoma (LHPC) is a newly described rare soft tissue tumor with unpredictable biologic behavior and is difficult to diagnose by conventional histologic parameters.

Although one case of LHPC in the sinonasal region was briefly reported, this is the first case in the head and neck region with detailed clinicopathologic features and molecular analysis of this entity.

We reported a case of LHPC in a 55-year-old woman with a slowly growing lesion in the occipital area that was diagnosed by CT and MRI and removed surgically.

Diffuse immunopositivity of CD57 in our case provides supportive evidence that LHPC is linked with HPC because this marker is also present in approximately 50% of conventional HPCs.

Furthermore, CD57 along with CD34 and XIIIa is thought to stain for primitive mesenchymal stem cells, suggesting a bimodal/multimodal differentiation of LHPC.

The patient was followed for 1 year without any evidence of recurrence, supporting our pathologic hypothesis. Is sarcoma cancer deadly © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Sarcoma specialist Head Neck26: 544,549, 2004

Upregulation of plakophilin-2 and its acquisition to adherens junctions identifies a novel molecular ensemble of cell,cell-attachment characteristic for transformed mesenchymal cells INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER, Issue 9 2009

In contrast to the desmosome-containing epithelial and carcinoma cells, normal and malignantly transformed cells derived from mesenchymal tissues and tumors are connected only by adherens junctions (AJs) containing N-cadherins and/or cadherin-11, anchored in a cytoplasmic plaque assembled by ,- and ,-catenin, plakoglobin, proteins p120 and p0071.

Here, we report that the AJs of many malignantly transformed cell lines are characterized by the additional presence of plakophilin-2 (Pkp2), a protein hitherto known only as a major component of desmosomal plaques, i.e., AJs of epithelia and carcinomatous cells.

This massive acquisition of Pkp2 and its integration into AJ plaques of a large number of transformed cell lines is demonstrated with biochemical and immunolocalization techniques.

Upregulation of Pkp2 and its integration into AJs has also been noted in some soft tissue tumors insitu and some highly proliferative colonies of cultured mesenchymal stem cells.

As Pkp2 has recently been identified as a functionally important major regulatory organizer in AJs and related junctions in epithelial cells and cardiomyocytes, we hypothesize that the integration of Pkp2 into AJs of “soft tissue tumor” cells also can serve functions in the upregulation of proliferation, the promotion of malignant growth in general as well as the close-packing of diverse kinds of cells and the metastatic behavior of such tumors.

We propose to examine its presence in transformed mesenchymal cells and related tumors and to use it as an additional diagnostic criterion. E sarcoma © 2009 UICC

Epithelioid sarcoma with angiomatoid features: report of an unusual case arising in an elderly patient within a burn scar JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS PATHOLOGY, Issue 3 2008

Epithelioid sarcoma (ES) is a rare, aggressive soft tissue tumor with a characteristic predilection for adolescents and young adults, and a tendency to occur on distal extremities.

Histopathologically, the tumor was composed of a proliferation of relatively bland, epithelioid and spindle cells focally arranged in a nodular pattern around areas of ,geographic’ necrosis.

In addition, there were prominent foci of hemorrhage and blood-filled spaces as well as tumor cells with intracytoplasmic vacuoles, features suggestive of an angiomatous process.

Immunohistochemistry showed positivity of tumor cells for cytokeratins and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) whereas all vascular markers tested were negative.

Our case underlines the clinical and histopathological heterogeneity of ES, emphasizing the unusual occurrence of ES with ,angiomatoid’ features in the elderly.

Intradermal spindle cell/pleomorphic lipoma of the vulva: case report and review of the literature JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS PATHOLOGY, Issue 1 2002

Background: Spindle cell/pleomorphic lipoma (SC/PL) is a benign adipose tissue tumor that usually affects the subcutaneous tissues of shoulders, backs, and neck region of middle-aged male patients.

Histologically, it is characterized by the presence of primitive CD34-positive spindle cells arranged in short fascicles, bizarre floret-like multinucleated giant cells, mature adipocytes, and a small number of lipoblasts.

Recently, an intradermal subset has been described, which mainly affects female patients and presents a wider antomical distribution when compared to the classical variant of SC/PL.

Results: The histological examination disclosed the typical histological features, however the lesion showed poorly demarcated and infiltrative borders, as well as involvement of dermal nerves.

The immunohistochemical analysis according to streptovidin-biotin-peroxidase technique showed immunoreactivity for CD34 and vimentin in the spindle cells, as well as S100 protein and vimentin in the adipocytic cells.

Care must be taken not to misdiagnosis this rare tumor as well-differentiated liposarcoma, cellular angiofibroma, solitary fibrous tumor, and cutaneous neurofibroma.

Collagenous fibroma (desmoplastic fibroblastoma) is a distinctive benign fibrous soft tissue tumor that typically occurs in the subcutaneous tissue or skeletal muscle in adults.

We describe a case of collagenous fibroma in a 7-year-old boy who presented with a 1-cm solitary, firm nodule on the volar aspect of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the left little finger.

Immunohistochemically, tumor cells were diffusely positive for vimentin, but negative for smooth muscle actin, muscle-specific actin, desmin, cytokeratin, S-100 protein or CD34.

Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a rare, benign, soft tissue tumor that most commonly occurs in the pleura; however, it has recently been described in other sites of the body.

Histologically, the tumor was composed predominantly of rather uniform spindle-shaped fibroblastic cells arranged in vague fascicles or in a haphazard fashion, intermingled with abundant collagen fibers.

To examine the mechanism of bone formation, the expression of mRNAs for osteoblastic and chon-droblastic markers and factors associated with ossification has been investigated.

Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that the cells expressed mRNAs for pro-,(I) chain of type I collagen, alkaline phosphatase, osteopontin, osteocalcin, and core binding factor al, suggesting differentiation into the stage of osteoblasts during the stationary phase.

After transplantation, histological examination revealed small foci of pale blue material and basophilic networks that were scattered in the tumor tissues at one week.

A large part of tumors at two and three weeks consisted of basophilic networks, which stained positive via von Kossa’s method, indicating a calcified woven bone.

These results suggest that the cell line has the properties of an osteoblastic lineage when cultured in vitro and has an ossifying ability through endochondral bone formation processes when transplanted in vivo.

It appears to be the juvenile form of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, with which it shares some histologic, cytogenetic, and immunohistochemical features.

We review the characteristic cytologic features of giant cell fibroblastoma and compare them with other soft tissue tumors in the differential diagnosis.

The sonographic appearances of 10 pathologically proven angioleiomyomas were retrospectively reviewed; 4 in women and 6 in men, with an age range from 33 to 77 years.

Although angioleiomyomas are uncommon soft tissue tumors, the presence of a well-defined, hypoechoic, vascular subcutaneous tumor in the extremities should raise the possibility of such a diagnosis. Spinal sarcoma prognosis © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Benign sarcoma diagnosis J Clin Ultrasound 34:50,54, 2006

While multiple studies have demonstrated efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and convenience, none have attempted to determine if the modality leads to an increased rate of local recurrence.

We reviewed a database containing records of 388 patients who underwent FNAB without surgical biopsy tract excision between September 2002 and December 2006 in the orthopedics department at our institution.

After application of rigid criteria to minimize confounding variables, 20 patients were retrospectively examined for local recurrence and distant metastasis.

While further studies are needed, our data combined with already reported studies on efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and convenience are encouraging for expanding the use of FNAB in the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue tumors.

Clear cell sarcoma of the tendons and aponeuroses (CCSTA) are rare aggressive soft tissue tumors with tendency for lymph nodes dissemination.

Canine Digital Tumors: A Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group Retrospective Study of 64 Dogs JOURNAL OF VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE, Issue 5 2005

Risk factors examined included age, weight, sex, tumor site (hindlimb or forelimb), local tumor (T) stage, metastases, tumor type, and treatment modality.

The Kaplan-Meier product limit method was used to determine the effect of postulated risk factors on local disease-free interval (LDFI), metastasis-free interval (MFI), and survival time (ST).

Other diagnoses included malignant melanoma (MM) (n = 10; 15.6%), osteosarcoma (OSA) (n = 4; 6.3%), hemangiopericytoma (n = 3; 4.7%), benign soft tissue tumors (n = 5; 7.8%), and malignant soft tissue tumors (n = 9; 14%).

None of the patient variables assessed, including age, sex, tumor type, site, and stage, had a significant impact on ST. Sarcoma cancer prognosis Both LDFI and MFI were negatively affected by higher T stage, but not by type of malignancy.

Although metastasis at diagnosis correlated with a shorter LDFI, it did not have a significant impact on ST On the basis of these findings, early surgical intervention is advised for the treatment of dogs with digital tumors, regardless of tumor type or the presence of metastatic disease.

Downstream of the gene for the liposarcoma-associated fusion oncoprotein 54 (DOL54) is a target gene of the myxoid liposarcoma and round cell liposarcoma (M-LPS/RC-LPS) oncogene, TLS/FUS-CHOP.

We examined TLS-CHOP and DOL54 expression in M-LPS/RC-LPS, well-differentiated liposarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH), a tumor whose cellular origin has not been determined.

We observed DOL54 expression in 50% of M-LPS/RC-LPS cases (in which TLS-CHOP was also expressed) and 33% of MFH cases, suggesting that a portion of MFH lesions may either derive from adipocytic precursor cells or have the potential to undergo adipogenic differentiation.

Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a rare, benign, soft tissue tumor that most commonly occurs in the pleura; however, it has recently been described in other sites of the body.

Histologically, the tumor was composed predominantly of rather uniform spindle-shaped fibroblastic cells arranged in vague fascicles or in a haphazard fashion, intermingled with abundant collagen fibers.