Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma of the Uterus: Clinicopathological and Molecular Characteristics

Yurimi Lee, Kiyong Na, Ha Young Woo, Hyun Soo Kim

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Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a rare malignant mesenchymal tumor mainly affecting adolescents and young adults, with a predilection for the deep soft tissues of extremities. ASPS arising in the female genital tract is extremely rare and poses a significant diagnostic challenge. We herein present two rare cases of ASPS, one occurring in the uterine corpus of a 27-year-old woman, and the other in the uterine cervix of a 10-year-old girl. We described the clinical, histological, immunophe-notypical, and molecular characteristics of primary uterine ASPS. We performed immunostaining for transcription factor E3 (TFE3), human melanoma black 45 (HMB45), melan-A, desmin, pancytokeratin (CK), paired box 8 (PAX8), CD10, hormone receptors, and S100, and targeted RNA and DNA sequencing using commercially available cancer gene panel. In case 1, a 27-year-old woman was referred to our hospital after laparoscopic uterine myomectomy at an outside hospital. Imaging studies revealed a residual tumor in the uterine corpus. In case 2, a 10-year-old girl underwent surgical excision for the cervical mass and was diagnosed as having ASPS. She was then referred to our hospital for further management. Both patients received total hysterectomy. Histologically, they displayed characteristic histological features of ASPS. Strong nuclear TFE3 immunoreactivity, periodic acid-Schiff-positive, diastase-resistant intracytoplasmic rod-shaped crystalloids or granules, and the identification of ASPSCR1–TFE3 fusion confirmed the diagnosis of ASPS in both cases. Lack of immunoreactivity for HMB45, melan-A, desmin, pan-CK, PAX8, and S100 excluded the possibility of perivascular epithelioid cell tumor, clear cell sarcoma, metastatic renal cell carcinoma, granular cell tumor, and paraganglioma. Our observations can help pathologists make an accurate diagnosis of uterine ASPS and suggest that pathologists should include primary uterine ASPS in the differential diagnosis of uterine mesenchymal tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1102
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by the Sungkyunkwan University and the BK21 FOUR (Graduate School Innovation) funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE, Korea) and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).

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  • Clinical Biochemistry


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