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Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma of the thigh: a clinicopathological report and management approach
  1. Rajasree Rajan1,
  2. Divya Gireesan Roshni1,
  3. Suzann Mary Mathew2,
  4. Annie Jojo2,
  5. Haridas Mohanachandran Nair1 and
  6. Vijayakumar Dehannathparambil Kottarathil3
  1. 1Radiation Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Cochin, Kerala, India
  2. 2Pathology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India
  3. 3Surgical Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Annie Jojo; dr.anniejojo{at}


Follicular dendritic cells are antigen-presenting immune accessory cells of mesenchymal origin. Follicular dendritic cell sarcomas (FDCS) typically occur in nodal and extranodal sites. However, presentation in the extremity has rarely been reported. A woman in her 60s had a painless, slow-growing right posterior thigh swelling, which had been present for 9 months. Imaging revealed a subcutaneous lesion in the posterior aspect of the right mid-thigh. Fine-needle aspiration cytology from the lesion was suggestive of a malignant spindle cell neoplasm, and she underwent its wide local excision. Immunohistochemistry showed expression of epithelial membrane antigen and CD35, but an absence of cytokeratin, desmin, CD23 and S100. The Ki-67 index was low and a diagnosis of FDCS was made. The lack of clinical guidelines was a challenge in the treatment of this rare case. A multidisciplinary board discussion played a critical role in the planning of the patient’s adjuvant treatment.

  • Oncology
  • Radiotherapy
  • Pathology
  • Surgery

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  • Contributors RR, DGR and SMM wrote the manuscript, conducted literature search and contributed to the relevant H&E and IHC images. AJ, DKV and HMN supervised, contributed to and edited the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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