Soft tissue

Fibroblastic / myofibroblastic



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PubMed Search: Fibrosarcoma [title] infantile

Komal Arora, M.D.
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Cite this page: Arora K. Fibrosarcoma-infantile. website. Accessed May 19th, 2024.
Definition / general
  • Resembles adult fibrosarcoma morphologically but better prognosis
  • Age cutoff between infantile and adult forms usually varies between 5 and 10 years
  • Usually presents before age 2 years in axial regions or extremities with vary rapid growth
  • Related to congenital mesoblastic nephroma, which has same translocation
Clinical features
  • 40 - 50% recur but only rarely metastasizes
  • Survival is 90%+
Case reports
Gross description
  • May exceed 30 cm (grotesquely large compared to size of child) with tense erythematous and ulcerated overlying skin
  • Firm to soft cut surface is fleshy, gray-tan with myxoid change, cystic degeneration, hemorrhage and necrosis
Gross images

AFIP images

Fleshy white
mass similar
to adult

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Poorly circumscribed, lobulated mass of small to large spindled cells in fascicles or herringbone pattern with high cellularity, nuclear atypia and pleomorphism
  • Increased mitotic figures, hemorrhage and necrosis
  • Resembles adult fibrosarcoma
  • May have prominent hemangiopericytoma-like areas, dystrophic calcification, extramedullary hematopoiesis
  • Infiltrates adjacent soft tissue with irregular margins
Microscopic (histologic) images

AFIP images

Biphasic pattern with fibroblastic and cellular myxoid areas

High power of myxoid area

Infiltration of fat

Infiltration of muscle

Spindle cells

Plump cells have granular chromatin

Less cellular tumor which overlaps with infantile fibromatosis, although it almost never metastasizes

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Leg tumor

Positive stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Fibroblastic and myofibroblastic features
Molecular / cytogenetics description
Differential diagnosis
Additional references
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