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Pathologe. 2010 Mar;31(2):129-34. doi: 10.1007/s00292-009-1257-6.

[Lipoma and atypical lipomatous tumor within the same neoplasia: Evidence for a continuous transition].

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Institut für Pathologie am Clemenshospital, Medical Center, Münster, Düesbergweg 128, 48153 Münster.


The case of a lipomatous tumor with a predominant lipoma component and transition to an atypical lipomatous tumor is presented. A deep-seated soft tissue tumor of the right thigh with a maximum size of 14 cm was resected in a 70-year-old female patient. Corresponding to a comparable macroscopic aspect, the lesion revealed the histological features of an ordinary lipoma without atypia in about 80% of the specimen. In the remaining portion (approximately 20%) histopathology showed an atypical lipomatous tumor (ALT, lipoma-like subtype). Immunohistochemistry for MDM 2 and CDK4 revealed no immunoreactivity in the lipoma component, but within the ALT component. Interphase dual-color fluorescence in situ hybridization showed no amplification of the MDM 2 gene and rarely CDK4 gene amplification within the lipoma component, but high level amplification of MDM 2/CDK4 gene in the ALT area, further supporting the morphologically based diagnosis of a lipomatous tumor including areas of a true lipoma and ALT. This case underlines the concept of a continuous stepwise development of lipomatous soft tissue tumors from benign to malignant counterparts as a biological continuum.

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