Fine-needle aspiration diagnosis of angiosarcoma of the spleen: A case report and review of the literature

Victor Delacruz, Merce Jorda, Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, Pasquale Benedetto, Parvin Ganjei

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Primary angiosarcoma of the spleen is a very rare neoplasm with a poor prognosis. The definitive diagnosis is usually based on the histologie evaluation of the splenectomy specimen. We describe a case of angiosarcoma diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration cytology prior to splenectomy. A 69-year-old white woman presented with heterogeneous lesions in the spleen during a follow-up computed tomographic scan for a history of liposarcoma of the right buttock. A malignant endothelial neoplasm was diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration cytology using immunocytochemistry, and a splenectomy confirmed the presence of angiosarcoma. To our knowledge, this is the first well-documented and confirmed case of primary angiosarcoma of the spleen diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration cytology. This report emphasizes the value of fine-needle aspiration cytology as an important diagnostic tool in splenic neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1056
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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