Solitary Fibrous Tumor/Hemangiopericytoma Dichotomy Revisited: A Restless Family of Neoplasms in the CNS

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Abstract

Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) and hemangiopericytoma (HPC) both entered the literature as separate entities in the early to mid 1900s. In contrast to their central nervous system (CNS) counterparts, there has been a tendency to consider these 2 entities as 1 since the early 1990s, as soft tissue SFT gradually included the tumors previously diagnosed as HPC. The most recent World Health Organization (WHO) classification of the tumors of soft tissue considered the term HPC obsolete, and places all such tumors within the extrapleural SFT category. In contrast, CNS SFT and HPC continue to be regarded as different entities in the latest version of the WHO CNS tumor classification. A change in this approach is currently being considered for the upcoming revision of the WHO scheme, but it is not quite clear whether such a change will be as drastic as the one adopted by the soft tissue and bone tumor working group. This article focuses on the historical evolution of these 2 labels as primary CNS neoplasms, and reviews their differences and similarities in terms of clinical, pathologic, and molecular features.

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