Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 261--263


Sunil Y Swami, Harshiya Gupta, Grace D'Costa 
 Department of Pathology, SRTR Government Medical College, Ambajogai, Maharashtra, India

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The term “myopericytoma” (MPC) was endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2002.[1] MPC presents as a benign, slow-growing nodule, and may occasionally be painful.[2] There is a predilection for lesions to involve the distal extremities; however, tumors can, in addition, arise at other sites, including the proximal extremities and the neck.[1],[3]

 Case Report

An 80-year-old female, presented with a painful swelling over the left palm since 1.5 years. There was no history of trauma. On gross examination, a single tiny tissue bit was received of size 0.5 cm × 0.5 cm × 0.5 cm, firm in consistency, and greyish-white in colour. Histopathology [Figure 1] and [Figure 2] revealed well-circumscribed tumor tissue composed of plenty of vascular channels lined by concentrically arranged myoid cells that blend with the surrounding stroma as well. Stroma was scanty with sparse chronic inflammatory cells.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

Immunoprofile showed actin positivity [Figure 3], focal CD34 positivity [Figure 4], and desmin negativity [Figure 5] in the tumor tissue.{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}

After correlating the immunohistochemical pattern with the histopathologic features of the lesion, a final diagnosis of MPC was established.


MPCs are unusual groups of superficial lesions with prominent vessels surrounded by concentrically arranged myoid cells that blend with similar stromal cells. These lesions appear to be the hybrid between hemangiopericytomas (HPC) and angiomyomas (AM), but unlike HPC, they express both actin and desmin.[4] AM usually lacks the characteristic perivascular growth of neoplastic cells typically seen in MPC. Immunohistochemically, most tumor cells of AM and MPC are positive for smooth muscle actin (SMA). Desmin is diffusely positive in AM, whereas most MPCs are negative for desmin.[1],[3],[5]

Application of strict morphological criteria and appropriately selective immunohistochemical markers will help in distinguishing MPC from its mimics.

Immunohistochemically, the tumour cells express positive reactivity for alpha-SMA (α-SMA),[5] muscle-specific actin,[5],[6] and vimentin,[7] and are negative for desmin [5] and CD34.[7]

MPCs are almost always benign. Most do not recur following excision; those that do are likely to be poorly marginated. Rare examples of malignant MPC have been reported.[3],[8]

It is possible that cytogenetic and/or molecular genetic studies may suggest methods for classifying these types of lesions in the future.[5]

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