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|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 186-187
Intrathoracic liposarcoma: Case report with emphasis to histogenesis and site of origin classification problems
Teresa Pusiol1, Irene Piscioli2, Valeria Rondoni3, Michele Scialpi3
1 Provincial Health Care Services, Institute of Anatomic Pathology, Santa Maria del Carmine Hospital, 38100 Rovereto (TN), Italy
2 Department of Radiology, Budrio Hospital, 40054 Budrio (BO), Italy
3 Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences, Division of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, S.M. Della Misericordia Hospital, 06156 Perugia, Italy
|Date of Web Publication||27-Feb-2018|
Prof. Michele Scialpi
Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences, Division of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, S.M. Della Misericordia Hospital, 06156 Perugia
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Pusiol T, Piscioli I, Rondoni V, Scialpi M. Intrathoracic liposarcoma: Case report with emphasis to histogenesis and site of origin classification problems. Lung India 2018;35:186-7
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Pusiol T, Piscioli I, Rondoni V, Scialpi M. Intrathoracic liposarcoma: Case report with emphasis to histogenesis and site of origin classification problems. Lung India [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 17];35:186-7. Available from: http://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2018/35/2/186/226214
Intrathoracic liposarcoma (IL) may arise from mediastinum, lung, and pleural cavity. In these sites, the tumor may remain limited to the origin site or infiltrate the adjacent organs. In all origin sites, the L originates from primitive mesenchymal cells, localized in the endothoracic fascia (lung L), present in the submesothelial tissue of parietal pleura (pleural L), or disseminated in the mediastinum (mediastinal L).
In the present case of voluminous IL, we discuss the radiological features with emphasis to histogenesis and location classification problems.
A 46-year-old man presented with a 2-month history of chest distress and persistent subdiaphragmatic pain.
Chest X-ray showed extensive opacity of the left hemithorax [Figure 1]a corresponding to adipose tissue with dense striae and lobulation on axial [Figure 1]b and coronal multiplanar reconstruction [Figure 1]c computed tomography. The left lung was collapsed and compressed medially.
|Figure 1: Chest X-ray showed extensive opacity of the left hemithorax (a) corresponding to adipose tissue with dense striae and lobulation on axial (b) and coronal multiplanar reconstruction (c) computed tomography. Note the left lung collapsed and compressed medially (b)|
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Because a complete excision was not possible, thoracoscopic biopsy was performed. The tissue fragment revealed myxoid L [Figure 2].
|Figure 2: The tumor showed areas characterized by small, round to oval cells, embedded in abundant myxoid stroma and displaying a delicate arborizing capillary vascular network (H and E, ×40)|
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The present case demonstrated the decisive role of the imaging in the establishing nature of intrathoracic tumors, supported by biopsy procedures with therapeutic implications. In the study of IL, it is essential to establish the histological subtype. The myxoid L is highly radiosensitive and remarkable response has been reported, with volume reduction of 52%, lipoma-like transformation and dense vascular pattern. Radiotherapy is believed to be an ineffective therapeutic modality for survival of dedifferentiated and pleomorphic subtypes. According to the classification of tumor location, the terms mediastinal, lung, or pleural L may be used exclusively for the tumor limited to origin site. When L extends to two or all intrathoracic locations, the term IL is more appropriate. The accurate description of the tumor extension should be described in the report. Because of the expansile rather than infiltrative growth pattern of myxoid L, patients often present with few symptoms despite having large or even massive tumor.
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