Mediastinum
Other mediastinal carcinoma
Neuroendocrine carcinoma

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 20 June 2018, last major update December 2012

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PubMed Search: Neuroendocrine carcinoma mediastinum

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Definition / general
  • Similar to neuroendocrine carcinomas at other sites
  • Aggressive neoplasms capable of local recurrence and distant metastasis (Ann Pathol 2005;25:205)
Terminology
  • Atypical carcinoids are considered moderately differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas
  • Undifferentiated or poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas may be small cell carcinoma
Clinical features
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Larger cells with more cytoplasm than small cell carcinoma, organoid growth pattern, spindle cell foci
  • May have prominent angiomatoid features (Hum Pathol 1999;30:635)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Nests of cells with
uniform nuclei and
finely granular
chromatin

Nests, ribbons and festoons

Various stains

Negative stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Desmosomes, neurosecretory granules