Epithelioid hemangioma of bone and soft tissue: A reappraisal of a controversial entity

Costantino Errani, Lei Zhang, David M. Panicek, John H. Healey, Cristina R. Antonescu

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Abstract

Background: The controversy surrounding diagnosis of an epithelioid hemangioma (EH), particularly when arising in skeletal locations, stems not only from its overlapping features with other malignant vascular neoplasms, but also from its somewhat aggressive clinical characteristics, including multifocal presentation and occasional lymph node involvement. Specifically, the distinction from epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) has been controversial. The recurrent t(1;3)(p36;q25) chromosomal translocation, resulting in WWTR1-CAMTA1 fusion, recently identified in EHE of various anatomic sites, but not in EH or other epithelioid vascular neoplasms, suggests distinct pathogeneses. Question/purposes: We investigated the clinicopathologic and radiologic characteristics of bone and soft tissue EHs in patients treated at our institution with available tissue for molecular testing. Patients and Methods: Seventeen patients were selected after confirming the pathologic diagnosis and fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis for the WWTR1 and/or CAMTA1 rearrangements. Four patients had multifocal presentation. Most patients with EH of bone were treated by intralesional curettage. None of the patients died of disease and only four patients had a local recurrence. Results: Our results, using molecular testing to support the pathologic diagnosis of EH, reinforce prior data that EH is a benign lesion characterized by an indolent clinical course with an occasional multifocal presentation and rare metastatic potential to locoregional lymph nodes. Conclusion: These findings highlight the importance of distinguishing EH from other malignant epithelioid vascular tumors as a result of differences in their management and clinical outcome. Level of Evidence: Level IV, prognostic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1498-1506
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Volume470
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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