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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2000 Nov;124(11):1693-6.

Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma presenting as a submucosal tumor of the stomach.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Follicular dendritic cell (FDC) sarcomas, especially those of extranodal origin, are extremely rare, and this entity could easily be missed without a high index of suspicion. We report a case of FDC sarcoma presenting as a submucosal tumor of the stomach in a 45-year-old man. The mass was a spindle and epithelioid mesenchymal tumor with many individually scattered and perivascular aggregates of lymphocytes. Immunohistochemical and ultrastructural studies confirmed the diagnosis. Although more than 50 cases of this tumor have been documented in the English literature, to our knowledge the presentation of FDC sarcoma as a submucosal tumor of the stomach has never been recorded. This case highlights the occurrence of FDC sarcoma as a submucosal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. We believe that FDC sarcoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of spindle or epithelioid cell tumors of the gastrointestinal hollow viscus to prevent this still under-recognized tumor from being overlooked.

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