alexa Sinonasal angiosarcoma with marrow involvement at presentation mimicking malignant lymphoma: cytogenetic analysis using multiple techniques


Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology

Author(s): Wong KF, So CC, Wong N, Siu LL, Kwong YL

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Angiosarcoma of the head and neck most commonly involves the skin of the scalp or face; primary involvement of the sinonasal region is exceedingly rate. We report a patient with sinonasal angiosarcoma who showed marrow involvement at presentation. Marrow aspiration smears showed many large, often segregated blast-like cells, mimicking malignant lymphoma. However, trephine biopsy revealed formation of anastomosing vascular spaces by the tumor cells and immunoreactivity for CD31, supporting a diagnosis of angiosarcoma. DNA ploidy analysis showed an apparent diploidy. Nevertheless, conventional cytogenetics demonstrated very complex chromosomal abnormalities with the presence of multiple hypodiploid clones, together with several near-triploid to near-tetraploid clones showing structural abnormalities involving chromosomes 1, 3, 4, 9, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 22. The identification of these karyotypic changes has been facilitated by the application of comparative genomic hybridization and spectral karyotyping.

This article was published in Cancer Genet Cytogenet. and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology

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