Oral cavity
Other malignancies

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Revised: 4 February 2019

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PubMed Search: Oral cavity liposarcoma

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N Liposarcoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavityliposarcoma.html. Accessed November 12th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Rare; median age 51 years
  • Most commonly in buccal mucosa, tongue and soft tissue overlying mandible
  • Most common subtype is well differentiated liposarcoma
  • May recur locally but no deaths due to disease in one study (Mod Pathol 2002;15:1020)
  • Tumors 5 cm or larger are more likely to recur
  • Complete local excision, careful followup
Gross description
  • Mean 4 cm (range 1 - 6 cm)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Usually well differentiated, myxoid or dedifferentiated
  • Lipoblasts more common than at other sites
Dedifferentiated liposarcoma
Definition / general:
Myxoid liposarcoma
Case reports:
Well differentiated liposarcoma
Definition / general:
  • < 20 cases reported
  • High recurrence rate but long survival and minimal tendency for metastases

Case reports:
Gross description:
  • Multinodular mass, 2.5 cm

Microscopic (histologic) description:
  • Ill defined tumor with infiltrating borders, composed of mature adipose tissue with occasional lipoblasts
  • Focal spindle cells and pleomorphic lipoblasts; no mitotic figures

Positive stains:
Negative stains:
  • Muscle specific markers
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