Comparative Study of Myxofibrosarcoma with Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma: Histopathologic and Clinicopathologic Review

Masato Yoshimoto, Yuichi Yamada, Shin Ishihara, Kenichi Kohashi, Yu Toda, Yoshihiro Ito, Hidetaka Yamamoto, Masutaka Furue, Yasuharu Nakashima, Yoshinao Oda

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Myxofibrosarcoma (MFS) is a malignant fibroblastic/myofibroblastic neoplasm with the prominent myxoid area. It has the clinical features of frequent local recurrence and occasional distant metastasis. Morphologically, MFS is occasionally difficult to distinguish from undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS), especially in the case of high-grade MFS. Here, we reviewed clinical and histologic data of 162 MFS cases and 43 UPS cases. MFS was distinguished from UPS with the criterion of 10% myxoid area as a cutoff value. Overall, 52 MFS (34.4%) and 9 UPS (20.9%) cases showed local recurrence, 18 MFS (12.2%) and 19 UPS (44.2%) cases developed distant metastasis, and 13 MFS (9.5%) and 14 UPS (32.6%) cases resulted in tumor-related death. Statistically, MFS had a better prognosis than UPS. Moreover, MFS with less myxoid area had a tendency to present a poorer prognosis. FNCLCC grade was a statistically significant prognostic factor (distant metastasis: P=0.0021, tumor-related death: P=0.0021). Cellularity and nuclear atypia had only a statistical tendency for associations with a poorer prognosis. The overall survival rate of MFS after transformation into a UPS-like condition (<10% myxoid area) was close to that of UPS. It was suggested that MFS is a biologically distinct tumor from UPS, and MFS with less myxoid area had a tendency to present a poorer prognosis. We considered that evaluation of the amount of myxoid area, cellularity, and nuclear atypia may be important as prognostic predictors. MFS may become similar to histologic malignancy of UPS in terms of morphology and biology via local recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgical Pathology
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020

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Neoplasm Metastasis
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  • Anatomy
  • Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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