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Jpn J Clin Oncol. 1998 Aug;28(8):511-6.

Well differentiated adult-type fibrosarcoma arising from the occipital subcutaneous tissue in a 17-year-old man: case report with immunohistochemical study.

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First Department of Pathology, Kochi Medical School, Japan.


We report a case of a 17-year-old man with a spindle cell tumor in the occipital subcutaneous tissue. The enucleated tumor, measuring 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 cm, had a broad-bean shape and well circumscribed border and was localized to the subcutis without dermal involvement. Microscopically, the tumor was composed of uniform spindle cells showing interlacing bundle formation and a herringbone pattern. The neoplastic cells were separated by collagen fibers in parallel fashion, the amount of which varied with different areas in the tumor. Mitotic figures were eight mitoses per 50 high-power fields in number. The neoplastic cells were positive for vimentin, Factor-XIIIa, alpha-smooth muscle actin and CD34, but negative for desmin, calponin, high molecular weight caldesmon, smooth muscle myosin heavy chain, collagen type IV, laminin and S-100 protein. These immunohistochemical results indicated that the neoplastic cells showed differentiation toward fibroblasts/myofibroblasts/dendritic interstitial cells. Although more than 50% of the neoplastic cells were positive for CD34, the present tumor should be diagnosed as well differentiated fibrosarcoma, adult type, rather than extrapleural solitary fibrous tumor and fibrosarcomatous areas of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, on the basis of routine microscopic findings mentioned above.

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