Journal of Cytology

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Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66--67

Cytopathological diagnosis and differential diagnoses of facial spindle cell lipoma


Manas Bajpai, Nilesh Pardhe 
 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, NIMS Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Manas Bajpai
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, NIMS Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan
India




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Bajpai M, Pardhe N. Cytopathological diagnosis and differential diagnoses of facial spindle cell lipoma.J Cytol 2018;35:66-67


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Sir,

Lipoma is a slow growing benign tumor, that usually occurs in the upper back and neck and is clinically asymptomatic.[1] Many benign histological variants of lipoma are known and described based on the type of tissue present and predominance in the lesion: Fibrolipoma, angiolipoma, myolipoma, myxolipoma, spindle cell lipoma, osteolipoma, chondrolipoma and spindle cell lipoma (SCL).[2]

SCL is a distinct histological entity derived from prelipoblastic mesenchymal cells,[3] and occurs predominantly in the posterior neck and upper back of middle-aged to elderly men. However, up to 20% of SCLs occur outside this characteristic location, and rarely, they can be seen on the face.[4] Histopathological features of SCL consist of an admixture of mature fat cells with varying number of spindle-shaped cells.[4],[5]

A 37-year-old man presented to the department of dermatology for the evaluation of a painless swelling on his left cheek from 10 months. Past medical history and family history were noncontributory to the present swelling. Physical examination revealed a soft-to-firm dome-shaped mass on the left lower part of the face measuring approximately 2 × 2 cm in dimension. The overlying skin of the swelling was similar to the color of the face without showing any sign of inflammation [Figure 1]a. Patient was referred for fine needle aspiration (FNA) procedure. Procedure was performed using a 22-gauge needle attached to a 10-ml syringe. A mucoid material was yielded from the lesion. Ninety-five percent alcohol fixed smear was prepared and hematoxylin and eosin staining was carried out. Cytological evaluation of the aspirate revealed numerous benign, spindle-shaped cells with bland, spindle, and wavy nuclei in a loose cohesive myxoid background with collagen fibers [Figure 1]b, as well as abundant mature adipocytes with a cluster of capillaries [Figure 1]c. An initial impression of SCL was made. An incisional biopsy was performed and the tissue was subjected to hematoxylin and eosin staining. Histological examination of the soft tissue section revealed a cellular connective tissue stroma composed of numerous benign spindle cells with abundant myxoid areas, numerous mature adipocytes, and dilated vascular channels [Figure 1]d. Based on the cytological and histological findings, a final diagnosis of SCL was rendered. Surgical excision and reconstruction was performed with the help of a plastic surgeon. No recurrence was occurred.{Figure 1}

The diagnostic efficacy of FNA cytology (FNAC) is well-known for the diagnosis of tumor in different locations; however, its efficacy as a sole diagnostic tool in soft tissue tumors is debated,[5] especially in case of epithelioid and spindle cell tumors.[4] Hence, histopathology is still considered a gold standard for their evaluation.[1],[2],[5] Diagnosis of SCL based on its FNAC findings is a challenge. Differential diagnoses of SCL in FNA are atypical lipomatous tumor (ALT) and myxolipoma. ALT shows lipoblasts with atypia; on the other hand, SCL comprises blend spindle cells with minimum polymorphism and mitoses.[6] In myxolipomas, the aspirate is usually viscous and spindle cells population is not much pronounced in comparison to SCL.[7] Differentiation between ALT and SCL is of utmost importance; the clinically suspecting lesion with extensive adipocytic component prompts cytopathologist to carry out a meticulous search of lipoblasts to rule out ALT.[6]

This case is an attempt to describe the cytopathological features of SCL that can guide cyotopathologists to permit a definitive diagnosis of SCL on FNA smears.

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