Soft tissue
Peripheral nerve tumors
Ancient schwannoma

Topic Completed: 1 November 2012

Minor changes: 24 October 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Ancient schwannoma [title]

Vijay Shankar, M.D.
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Cite this page: Shankar V. Ancient schwannoma. website. Accessed July 10th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Degenerative change to tumors, usually large and of long duration, deep within retroperitoneum
  • Cyst formation, calcification, hemorrhage (stromal hemosiderin), hyalinization, histiocytic infiltration, severe nuclear atypia (nuclear hyperchromasia, irregular nuclear shapes)
  • No mitotic figures
Case reports
Gross images

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Well circumscribed tumor

Cut section with variegated appearance,
cystic areas, hemorrhage and calcification

Microscopic (histologic) images

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Ancient change, courtesy of Mark R. Wick, M.D.

Case of the Week #334:

Encapsulated mass with calcification

Hypercellular and hypocellular areas

Myxoid change

Hyalinized blood vessels

Enlogated cells with cigar shaped nuclei

Hypercellular areas with palisading

Hyalinized blood vessels

Cystic areas

Cystic areas and blood vessels

Areas of ossification


Images hosted on other servers:

Various images

Hypopharyngeal tumor

Thigh mass mimicking malignancy

Abdominal wall mass

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