Cellular angiofibroma (vulva): histology
A 52 year old woman was seen in the Outpatient Department for a 'cyst' on her vulva. The lesion was removed some weeks later as a day procedure case and the specimen was sent to pathology.
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A solid circumscribed, rounded lesion composed of spindle cells set within a fibrous stroma. The spindle cells display mildly irregular nuclei with inconspicuous nucleoli and a scant amount of cytoplasm. Mitotic activity is minimal and necrosis is not identified. There is no significant perivascular hyalinisation and a patchy mild perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate is present. Scattered mast cells are also seen.
Cellular angiofibroma is a benign soft tissue lesion found in the inguinal, vulval or scrotal regions, usually in middle aged+ adults. The cells are myofibroblastic in nature. They are well circumscribed and comprise spindle cells with morphology described above, and show variable mitotic activity (not atypical, and most often minimal in number). Scattered mast cells are often also present and there is a fine fibrocollagenous stroma with no necrosis. They usually show small prominent vessels with hyalinised walls, which this case doesn't show well, however, the morphology and immunohistochemical findings fit with this diagnosis rather than one of the other differential diagnoses possible in this location:
- Angiomyofibroblastoma: Usually also well circumscribed, variable cellularity - paucicellular background with clustering of rounded cells around smaller, thin-walled vessels, desmin+
- Aggressive angiomyxoma: Infiltrative, aggressively growing lesion, much less cellular with a more myxoid / loose appearing background, desmin+
- Leiomyoma: Fasicular growth pattern, with cells containing more cytoplasm and nuclear features more consistent with smooth muscle cells (plumper, blunt-ended cigarette nuclei), desmin+
- Solitary Fibrous Tumour: Same spindly cells, but hypo- and hyper-cellular areas, hyalinised stroma between cells, CD34+
These lesions are usually benign and do not recur, however, case reports of malignant forms have been published.
- Cellular angiofibroma: a benign neoplasm distinct from angiomyofibroblastoma and spindle cell lipoma; Nucci MR, Granter SR, Fletcher CD; Am J Surg Pathol. 1997 Jun;21(6):636-44 PubMed Citation