Primary carcinosarcoma of the helix of the ear

Vladimir Vincek, Marjan Mirzabeigi, Brian S. Jewett, W. Jarrard Goodwin

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Abstract

We report our histologic and immunohistochemical findings in a rare case of cutaneous carcinosarcoma involving the helix of the ear. The tumor exhibited cellular features of both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma and a malignant mesenchymal component that was consistent with malignant fibrous histiocytoma. The epithelial component exhibited a positive immunohistochemical reaction to cytokeratin and a negative reaction to vimentin, whereas the mesenchymal component showed a positive immunohistochemical reaction to vimentin and a negative reaction to cytokeratin. To the best of our knowledge, this is only the third reported case of a carcinosarcoma of the ear and the second case in which it developed on the helix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-715
Number of pages4
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Volume84
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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