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30 April 2014 - Case of the Week #310

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Case of the Week #310

Clinical History:
A 49 year old woman presented with a 2 cm laryngeal mass, which was biopsied.

Micro images:

What is your diagnosis?

Low grade myofibroblastic sarcoma of the larynx


Immunostains were performed:


Smooth muscle actin

Low grade myofibroblastic sarcoma, also called low grade myofibrosarcoma, is a rare, low to intermediate grade tumor composed predominantly of malignant myofibroblasts (Am J Surg Pathol 1998;22:1228). It typically occurs in the head and neck (tongue and oral cavity) and extremities, and rarely in the mesentery and the pelvic peritoneum (J Clin Pathol 2008;61:301). Several cases have recently been reported in the larynx (J Cancer Res Ther 2013;9:284, J Int Med Res 2011;39:311, Int J Surg Pathol 2011;19:822).

Microscopically, it is circumscribed to diffusely infiltrative with fascicles or storiform growth of spindled tumor cells. Cells have ill defined, pale eosinophilic cytoplasm, fusiform nuclei that are either elongated or wavy with evenly distributed chromatin or round and vesicular with indentations and small nucleoli. There is usually at least focal nuclear atypia with hyperchromasia and irregular nuclear membranes. The stroma is collagenous with prominent hyalinization, and numerous thin walled capillaries may be present. There are no histiocytic giant cells, or prominent inflammation. Mitotic activity is 1-6 mitoses/10 HPF. Immunostains are helpful for diagnosis. At least one myogenic marker is positive, and tumor cells are negative for h-caldesmon. Electron microscopy shows myofibroblastic features of indented and clefted nuclei, variable rough endoplasmic reticulum, discontinuous basal lamina and fibronexus junctions (Ultrastruct Pathol 2008;32:97, Int J Surg Pathol 2013;21:29).

The differential diagnosis is broad, and includes numerous neoplastic fibroblastic and myofibroblastic lesions, as discussed in the topic, as well as nodular fasciitis. It is not an ALK+ tumor, unlike inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (Hum Pathol 2008;39:846).

After excision, low grade myofibroblastic sarcoma commonly recurs, but only rarely metastasizes.

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