Perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) of soft tissue: case report with ultrastructural study: Case report

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Fukunaga M. Perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) of soft tissue: case report with ultrastructural study. APMIS 2004;112:98–104.

A perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) arising in the abdominal wall of a 44-year-old female is described. The lesion was a well-circumscribed but unencapsulated, rubbery, subcutaneous mass measuring 3.5×3.5×3.0 cm which was removed by simple excision. It was characterized by a nest- or sheet-like arrangement of round to polygonal cells with round nuclei and abundant clear to slightly eosinophilic cytoplasm containing glycogen. There was mild to moderate nuclear pleomorphism with mitotic activity of 6 per 10 high power fields. A short fascicular proliferation of the tumor cells was observed focally. The stroma contained abundant small vascular channels with hyalinization. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were strongly positive for vimentin, epithelial membrane antigen, alpha-smooth muscle actin, and HMB45. Ultrastructural examination showed poorly differentiated mesenchymal tumor cells without premelanosomes. There was local recurrence 6 years after excision. Pathologists and clinicians should be aware of the existence of PEComa in soft tissue and should differentiate it from other similar lesions.
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