Solitary fibrous tumour: clinicopathological, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural analysis of 12 cases arising in soft tissues, nasal cavity and nasopharynx, urinary bladder and prostate
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- Mentzel, T., Bainbridge, T. & Katenkamp, D. Virchows Archiv (1997) 430: 445. doi:10.1007/s004280050054
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The clinicopathological features of 12 extraserosal solitary fibrous tumours (SFT) are described. The age of the patients ranged from 18 to 72 years (mean: 48.2 years; median: 54 years); 5 were female patients. Seven lesions arose in soft tissue (5 in perifascial, and 1 each in subcutaneous and intramuscular tissues). They were situated in the groin (2 cases) and the neck, right buttock, left scapula, upper arm, and anterior abdominal wall (1 case each). One polypoid lesion was seen in in the nasal cavity and 1 in the nasopharynx; 2 neoplasms arose in the urinary bladder and 1 was located in the prostate and periprostatic tissue. Nine lesions were excised; in 1 patient wide excision was performed and in 2 patients, transurethral resection. Limited follow-up of 3 cases revealed a benign clinical course. The size of the neoplasms ranged from 1.7 cm to 20.0 cm (mean: 5.4 cm; median: 3.5 cm). Histologically, the neoplasms were well circumscribed and composed of cytologically bland spindle cells arranged without an obvious pattern; focally storiform or fascicular growth patterns were seen. Tumour cells were separated by thick bands of collagen demonstrating foci of keloid-like hyalinization. Prominent vascularity showing a haemangiopericytoma-like vascular pattern and vessels with thick, hyalinized vessel walls were seen in all cases. Increased mitotic activity was noted in 2 soft tissue cases (4–6 mitoses in 10 high-power fields); the other cases showed fewer than 2 mitotic figures in 10 high-power fields. Immunohistochemically, all cases tested stained positively for vimentin, CD34 and CD99, and 2 cases showed focal myofibroblastic differentiation. Two cases examined ultrastructurally showed a fibroblastic phenotype; focally pinocytic vesicles and microfilaments were identified. SFT represents a distinct neoplasm that should be included in the differential diagnosis of spindle-cell neoplasms in soft tissue, nasal cavity and nasopharynx, urinary bladder, and prostate. Strict diagnostic criteria are necessary to avoid overdiagnosis or confusion with more aggressive neoplasms in these locations.