Mesonephric-like Adenocarcinoma of the Ovary: Clinicopathological and Molecular Characteristics

Hyun Hee Koh, Eunhyang Park, Hyun Soo Kim

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Mesonephric-like adenocarcinoma (MLA) arising in the ovary is a rare malignant tumor of the female genital tract. Although the clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of uterine MLA have been accumulated, those of ovarian MLA have not been firmly clarified. In this study, we investigated the clinicopathological, immunohistochemical, and genetic features of five ovarian MLAs. A review of electronic medical records and pathology slides, immunostaining, and targeted sequencing was performed. On imaging, ovarian MLA presented as either a mixed solid and cystic mass or a purely solid mass. One, three, and one patient were diagnosed as having FIGO stage IA, IC, and II MLA, respectively. Four patients with stage IC–II tumor underwent postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. Three of the four patients whose follow-up information was available did not experience recurrence. In contrast, the remaining patient with stage IA tumor who did not receive any adjuvant treatment developed multiple metastatic recurrences at postoperative 13 months. Histologically, ovarian MLAs characteristically displayed architectural diversity, compactly aggregated small tubules, and eosinophilic intraluminal secretions. Four tumors were found to be associated with endometriotic cysts. Two cases showed some areas of high-grade nuclear atypia, brisk mitotic activity, and necrosis. Immunohistochemically, all cases showed positive immunoreactivities for at least three of the four examined mesonephric markers (GATA3, PAX2, TTF1, and CD10), lack of WT1 expression, non-diffuse p16 immunoreactivity, and wild-type p53 immunostaining pattern. Targeted sequencing analysis revealed that all four examined cases harbored pathogenic KRAS mutations: p.G12V (2/4); p.G12D (1/4); and p.G12C (1/4). In addition, we reviewed the previous literature reporting 60 cases of ovarian MLA. Our findings corroborate those of the previous data regarding the clinical presentation, histological features, immunophenotypes, and molecular alterations. Our observations should encourage pathologists to recognize and accurately diagnose this rare but distinct entity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number326
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb

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