Combined small-cell carcinoma of the lung with quadripartite differentiation of epithelial, neuroendocrine, skeletal muscle, and myofibroblastic type

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Abstract

The combined variant of small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) refers to the variable admixture of small cell and non-small cell carcinoma, whereas the association with sarcoma or sarcoma-like elements is exceedingly rare. A 76-year-old Caucasian man underwent right upper lobectomy with regional lymphadenectomy because of a symptomatic 7 cm-sized tumor mass. Formalin fixed-paraffin embedded material was used to highlight several differentiation cell lineages by means of immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and mutational assay. The tumor was discovered as being IIB stage (pT2b pN1 1/51 pM0) and featured biphasic appearance with close intermingling of SCLC (40%) and collagen-rich spindle cell sarcoma (60%). Epithelial (cytokeratins, TTF-1), neural (neurofilaments, GFAP), endocrine (chromogranin, synaptophysin, CD56), and skeletal muscle (desmin, sarcomeric actin, myogenin) markers were variably co-expressed by SCLC elements, whereas mesenchymal (vimentin), smooth muscle (actin, myosin, H-caldesmon, calponin), fibroblastic (CD10), and, more focally, skeletal muscle (desmin, sarcomeric actin and myogenin) markers were highlighted in the spindle cell sarcoma elements. TP53 codon V274F mutation in exon 8 was shared by either cell component. After undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy, the patient is currently alive and well at the 40-month follow-up. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of combined SCLC with quadripartite differentiation of epithelial, neuroendocrine, skeletal muscle, and myofibroblastic type, somewhere at the level of the same individual tumor cells. This tumor had probably derived for clonal evolution of a p53-mutated common ancestor lesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-503
Number of pages7
JournalVirchows Archiv
Volume458
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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Keywords

  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mutation
  • Sarcoma
  • SCLC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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