John Libbey Eurotext

European Journal of Dermatology


Large subcutaneous liposarcoma arising from the chest wall Volume 15, numéro 1, January-February 2005

Department of Dermatology, Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan Fax: (+81) 92-642-5600., Department of Dermatology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan
  • Mots-clés : well-differentiated liposarcoma, atypical lipoma, adipocytic type (lipoma-like type), lipoblast
  • Page(s) : 43-5
  • Année de parution : 2005

Liposarcoma usually occurs in the deep soft tissue of the extremities and the retroperitoneum. It rarely occurs in the cutaneous or subcutaneous tissues. We describe the case of a subcutaneous liposarcoma in a 63-year-old man, which arose from the chest wall. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a large subcutaneous tumor. Incisional biopsy revealed mature adipose cells with a slight variation in size and shape; no lipoblasts were observed. Therefore, at this stage we made the diagnosis of lipoma. However, the histological study of the tumor specimen subsequently obtained by surgery, showed mature adipose cells, atypical cells with bizarre nuclei, and lipoblasts with scalloped-shaped nuclei. We eventually diagnosed the tumor as a well-differentiated liposarcoma, adipocytic type (lipoma-like type). Patients with cutaneous and subcutaneous liposarcoma have a good prognosis, but there are reports of local recurrence after a long period, as well as high-grade change and dedifferentiation. Careful follow-up is required.