Ischemic fasciitis is a benign myofibroblastic lesion, occurring in the sacral region or proximal thigh of elderly or bedridden individuals. The pathogenesis of ischemic fasciitis is thought to be based on ischemic condition; however, it has never been demonstrated. In this study, we examined the expression of ischemia-associated proteins in ischemic fasciitis by immunohistochemical and genetic methods. Specifically, this study aimed to reveal the expression of HIF-1α, MDM2, CDK4, p16, and gene amplification of MDM2 gene. Seven cases of ischemic fasciitis from among the soft-tissue tumors registered at our institution were retrieved. Histopathological findings were as follows: poorly demarcated nodular masses, a proliferation of spindle-shaped fibroblastic or myofibroblastic cells with oval nuclei and eosinophilic or pale cytoplasm, zonal fibrinous deposition, pseudocystic degeneration, granulation-like proliferation of capillary vessels, ganglion-like cells, myxoid or hyalinized stroma, and chronic inflammatory infiltration. Immunohistochemically, the spindle cells were positive for HIF-1α (7/7 cases), MDM2 (4/7 cases), CDK4 (4/7 cases), p16 (7/7 cases), p53 (2/7 case), cyclin D1 (7/7 cases), and alpha-smooth muscle actin (6/7 cases). Neither MDM2 gene amplification nor USP6 gene split signal was detected in any case. Overexpression of the above proteins may be associated with the pathogenic mechanism of ischemic fasciitis. It is noted that the immunohistochemical positivity of MDM2, CDK4, and p16 do not necessarily indicate malignant neoplasm such as dedifferentiated liposarcoma.
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