Hybrid Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors, Including a Malignant Variant in Type 1 Neurofibromatosis

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Abstract

The authors report a small case series of hybrid nerve sheath tumors occurring in the setting of type 1 neurofibromatosis. Four lesions were benign and consisted of plexiform neurofibromas with considerable areas of perineuriomatous differentiation in patients with type 1 neurofibromatosis. In these lesions, biphasic (Schwannian and perineuriomatous) differentiation was apparent on immunohistochemistry, with the perineuriomatous areas staining for epithelial membrane antigen, glut-1, and claudin-1 and being negative for S-100 protein. Three patients were members of a single family, with a history of various malignant neoplasms. Included in the series is 1 hybrid lesion in which neurofibromatous and perineuriomatous areas were clearly visible on hematoxylin- and eosin-stained slides. The lesion was unique in that it manifested malignant change in the S-100 protein-positive component, which was classified as malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. The malignant component showed areas with an epithelioid cell morphology.

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