Synovial sarcoma arising in the pharynx is a rare entity, with very few cases described in literature, mainly as surgical-oriented case reports. We report the case of a healthy 20-year old man who presented with a painless right neck mass, clinically suspicious for a thyroid nodule. Ultrasound scan and fine-needle aspiration cytology failed to provide a definitive result, although suggesting a mesenchymal proliferation, in accordance with magnetic resonance imaging findings. Therefore, the lesion was removed with a minimally invasive surgical intervention. Definitive histologic and immunohistochemical examination of the surgical specimen revealed a biphasic synovial sarcoma, further validated by the detection of SS18 gene rearrangement on fluorescent in-situ hybridization examination. Although rarely, synovial sarcoma may arise in the pharynx. Radiological, cytological, histological and molecular findings are needed along each step of the diagnostic process.

From fine-needle aspiration cytology to fluorescent in-situ hybridization in an unusual case of pharyngeal synovial sarcoma / Paolino, G.; Girolami, I.; Bernasconi, R.; Beccari, S.; Marchioni, D.; Molteni, G.; De Robertis, R.; Ghimenton, C.; Calio, A.; Brunelli, M.; Eccher, A.. - In: DIAGNOSTIC CYTOPATHOLOGY. - ISSN 8755-1039. - 47:10(2019), pp. 1067-1071. [10.1002/dc.24274]

From fine-needle aspiration cytology to fluorescent in-situ hybridization in an unusual case of pharyngeal synovial sarcoma

Marchioni D.;Molteni G.;De Robertis R.;
2019

Abstract

Synovial sarcoma arising in the pharynx is a rare entity, with very few cases described in literature, mainly as surgical-oriented case reports. We report the case of a healthy 20-year old man who presented with a painless right neck mass, clinically suspicious for a thyroid nodule. Ultrasound scan and fine-needle aspiration cytology failed to provide a definitive result, although suggesting a mesenchymal proliferation, in accordance with magnetic resonance imaging findings. Therefore, the lesion was removed with a minimally invasive surgical intervention. Definitive histologic and immunohistochemical examination of the surgical specimen revealed a biphasic synovial sarcoma, further validated by the detection of SS18 gene rearrangement on fluorescent in-situ hybridization examination. Although rarely, synovial sarcoma may arise in the pharynx. Radiological, cytological, histological and molecular findings are needed along each step of the diagnostic process.
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From fine-needle aspiration cytology to fluorescent in-situ hybridization in an unusual case of pharyngeal synovial sarcoma / Paolino, G.; Girolami, I.; Bernasconi, R.; Beccari, S.; Marchioni, D.; Molteni, G.; De Robertis, R.; Ghimenton, C.; Calio, A.; Brunelli, M.; Eccher, A.. - In: DIAGNOSTIC CYTOPATHOLOGY. - ISSN 8755-1039. - 47:10(2019), pp. 1067-1071. [10.1002/dc.24274]
Paolino, G.; Girolami, I.; Bernasconi, R.; Beccari, S.; Marchioni, D.; Molteni, G.; De Robertis, R.; Ghimenton, C.; Calio, A.; Brunelli, M.; Eccher, A.
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