4 January 2006 – Case of the Week #32
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Case of the Week #32
A 44 year old woman with biliary colic had an ultrasound that revealed gallstones and an incidental 3 cm solid mass in the left kidney, which was confirmed by CT and MRI. A complete nephrectomy was performed due to the central location of the mass and its proximity to the major renal vessels.
The mass was 2.5 cm, solid, well circumscribed and brown-red. There was no gross necrosis, hemorrhage or renal venous involvement. The remaining kidney was unremarkable.
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Atypical epithelioid angiomyolipoma
The most striking feature of this tumor was the “straplike” (similar to rhabdomyosarcoma), bizarre, huge epithelioid cells with abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm and multiple peripheral nuclei with coarse chromatin and prominent nucleoli. Although not obvious in these images, they were often concentrated around blood vessels. The tumor cells had focal spindled areas that were SMA+, and only rare mitotic figures. The tumor cells were immunoreactive for HMB45, MelanA, and focally for CD68. They were negative (with an internal positive control in normal kidney) for CD10, RCC and AE1-AE3, and were also negative for S100, PAS and desmin.
Angiomyolipomas are benign kidney neoplasms often associated with tuberous sclerosis (191100), an autosomal dominant neurocutaneous disorder. The tumors are composed of thick walled blood vessels, smooth muscle spindle cells that appear to spin off vessel walls and lipid distended cells. Typically, they have benign behavior. The cell of origin is the perivascular epithelioid cell, which also causes lymphangioleiomyomatosis and “sugar” tumors in the lung, clear cell tumors of the pancreas and uterus and other “PEC”omas. These tumors are immunoreactive for melanocytic markers (HMB45, MelanA, NCI-C3) and negative for keratins.
An important variant is epithelioid angiomyolipoma, also called atypical or oncocytoid. They have a predominance of epithelioid cells ranging from uniform polygonal cells with mild atypia to the bizarre, multinucleated, straplike cells seen in this case. There may be no recognizable adipose tissue, and sclerosed vessels may appear as hyaline cords. Mitotic activity is usually minimal. However, they may have aggressive behavior, which to date, cannot be predicted based on morphology or other clinicopathologic factors. In this patient, at one year post-excision, there has been no recurrence.
The differential diagnosis includes tumors that usually demonstrate marked mitotic activity or necrosis (sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma, adrenocortical carcinoma, primary renal sarcoma, melanoma) and oncocytoma, which may have degenerative atypia.
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