Soft tissue
Fibroblastic / myofibroblastic
Low grade fibromyxoid sarcoma

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Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
Jerad M. Gardner, M.D.
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Cite this page: Gonzalez RS, Gardner JM. Low grade fibromyxoid sarcoma. website. Accessed May 11th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Low-grade sarcoma with fibrous and myxoid areas, whorled growth pattern, low cellularity, bland fibroblastic cells and curvilinear or arcuate vessels
  • Also called Evans' tumor, hyalinizing spindle cell tumor with giant rosettes (Am J Surg Pathol 2003;27:1229) (a unique morphologic pattern seen in some low grade fibromyxoid sarcomas)
  • Likely closely related to sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma, with case reports of same translocation (Am J Surg Pathol 2007;31:1387), cases with intermixed histology (Ann Diagn Pathol 2011:15:303), and both tumors often express MUC4 immunohistochemically (Am J Surg Pathol 2012;36:1444)
  • First described by Evans in 1987 (Am J Clin Pathol 1987;88:615); with increasing awareness, less rare than originally believed
  • In trunk and deep extremities (thigh most common site) of young to middle-aged adults (median age 34 years, range 3 - 78 years), also intrathoracic (Hum Pathol 2008;39:623)
  • Rarely in retroperitoneum and mediastinum
  • Slight male predominance
Clinical features
  • Prolonged preclinical stage
  • Slow-growing, painless soft tissue mass (1 - 18 cm)
  • Earlier studies suggested only a small subset metastasized, but a more recent study with long term follow up reported recurrence in 64%, metastasis in 45%, death from disease in 42%; patients with positive / uncertain margins more likely to have recurrence (up to 15 years later; median 3.5 years); metastases usually to lungs, pleura, chest wall (up to 45 years later; median 5 years, Am J Surg Pathol 2011;35:1450)
Radiology description
Prognostic factors
Case reports
  • Complete excision with wide margins
  • Resection of pulmonary metastases (metastasectomy) may be considered
  • Long term clinical follow up is prudent due to potential of very late recurrence or metastasis (decades after initial diagnosis)
Gross description
  • Often 6 cm, well circumscribed, fibromyxoid cut surface, may be grossly infiltrative
Gross images

Contributed by Mark Rodacker

Low grade fibromyxoid sarcoma

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Tumor of falciform ligament

Well circumscribed tumor of leg

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Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Low to moderately cellular, bland fusiform or spindled cells with focal to diffuse whirling in heavily collagenized stroma with abrupt transition to myxoid areas
  • 45% have epithelioid areas
  • 40% contain poorly formed but large collagen rosettes
  • Often infiltrates adjacent skeletal muscle
  • Occasionally has areas of increased cellularity, atypia, necrosis or mitotic activity characteristic of intermediate- to high-grade sarcoma
  • Recurrences may show increased cellularity and mitotic activity
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Mark Rodacker, M.D.

Low grade fibromyxoid sarcoma

AFIP images

Swirling growth pattern is storiform

Characteristic features include fibrous and
myxoid areas, a swirling whorled growth
pattern, low to moderate cellularity and bland
cells with minimal nuclear pleomorphism

There is a relatively linear cell
arrangement in this area but other
areas have the characteristic
swirling and whorled pattern

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Myxoid area showing arcades of blood vessels

Storiform pattern

Bland spindle cells in fibromyxoid stroma

Covered by pelvic urothelium

Staining of vessels but not tumor by CD34, smooth muscle actin


Cytology description
Cytology images

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Positive stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Fibroblastic differentiation
Electron microscopy images

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Molecular / cytogenetics description
Differential diagnosis
  • Fibromatosis: usually lacks myxoid areas (sometimes can be myxoid though), fibrous cells are aligned in broad sweeping fascicles, straighter, cells appear more like reactive fibroblasts, distinct ectatic vessels present, diffuse or occasionally focal nuclear beta-catenin staining (Am J Surg Pathol 2005;29:653)
  • Fibrosarcoma: no myxoid component; "herringbone" fascicular pattern, a diagnosis of exclusion (Histopathology 2006;49:152) that should be made with much hesitation
  • Myxofibrosarcoma: more myxoid and less fibrous, more nuclear pleomorphism and hyperchromatism (contrast to LGFMS which is almost always bland and monomorphic with little to no pleomorphism), more developed vascular network, tumor cells aggregate around vessels (Histopathology 2004;45:29)
  • Myxoid neurofibroma: wavy nuclei, background of thick collagen bundles, S100+
  • Nodular fasciitis: tissue-culture histology, extravasated erythrocytes, myxoid cystic degeneration
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