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Ultrastruct Pathol. 1988 Sep-Oct;12(5):529-36.

Malignant fibrous histiocytoma with epithelial differentiation?

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  • 1First Department of Pathology, University of Tokushima School of Medicine, Japan.


A case of recurrent soft part sarcoma with focal areas showing epithelial differentiation in the right thigh in a 78-year-old woman is reported. The primary tumor consisted of myxoid areas and solid areas, in which relatively uniform epithelioid tumor cells were arranged in sheets, whereas pleomorphism and a storiform pattern appeared in the recurrent tumors. Thus this tumor was suspected to be a malignant fibrous histiocytoma. However, further studies showed unexpected ultrastructural and immunohistochemical features. Cytokeratin immunoreactivity and tonofilamentlike structures probably indicated epithelial differentiation of some tumor cells. From the clinical and histological findings, this tumor should be identified as a malignant fibrous histiocytoma with phenotypic expressions of epithelial cell.

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