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    Two cases of primary follicular dendritic cell sarcoma (FDCS) of the pleura are presented. The patients are a woman 76-years-old and a man 64-years-old who presented with nonspecific symptoms including chest pain, dyspnea, and cough. Clinical history did not disclose any pertinent history of previous malignancy. Diagnostic imaging showed the presence of a pleural-based mass in both patients and a thoracotomy with resection of the pleural mass was performed. Both tumors were described as solid, light tan, and with ill-defined borders. Histologically, both tumors showed similar histological features, namely the presence of a spindle cellular proliferation composed of elongated cells with fibrillary cytoplasm, oval nuclei, and conspicuous nucleoli. Mild to moderate cellular atypia was present, while mitotic figures ranged from 3 to 4 per 10 high power fields. Mature lymphocytes and plasma cells were also present dispersed throughout the tumor. Immunohistochemical stains in both cases show positive staining for CD21 and CD35 while focal staining was present for D2-40 and clusterin, while negative for other markers including keratin, desmin, S-100 protein, calretinin, and STAT-6. Clinical follow up shows that both patients have remained alive 12 and 14 months after initial diagnosis. The cases herein described represent an unusual occurrence of FDCS arising in the pleural surface and one that must be kept in mind when dealing with spindle cell tumors of the pleura. Copyright © 2022 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    Doaa Alqaidy, Cesar A Moran. Primary follicular dendritic cell sarcoma of the pleura: A clinicopathological and immunohistochemical study of two cases. Annals of diagnostic pathology. 2022 Jun;58:151944

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    PMID: 35366567

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