Caecal adenocarcinoma with rhabdoid phenotype: an immunohistochemical and ultrastructural analysis.
R Chetty, PS Bhathal
Virchows Archiv A Pathological Anatomy and Histopathology | Published : 1993
A polypoid caecal adenocarcinoma in a 72-year-old female was found microscopically to be composed mainly of rhabdoid cells. Deposits in the liver and lymph nodes had a similar histological appearance to the primary tumour. The rhabdoid cells were typified by abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, eccentric nuclei and prominent nucleoli. The differential diagnosis included rhabdomyosarcoma, metaplastic carcinoma (carcinoma with sarcomatoid dedifferentiation), carcinosarcoma and extra-renal rhabdoid tumour. The rhabdoid cells showed strong immunoreactivity with cytokeratin, epithelial membrane antigen and vimentin. Ultrastructurally, cytoplasmic whorls of intermediate filaments were noted. Multiple ..View full abstract