Lipomatous hemangiopericytoma: a fat-containing variant of solitary fibrous tumor? Clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural analysis of a series in favor of a unifying concept

Hum Pathol. 2000 Sep;31(9):1108-15. doi: 10.1053/hupa.2000.9777.


The dinicopathologic, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural features of 13 lipomatous hemangiopericytomas are presented. There were 6 male and 7 female patients whose ages at diagnosis ranged from 27 to 75 years (median 48) all presenting with a mass of variable duration. The tumor sizes ranged from 1.7 cm to 19 cm (median 5.5 cm). The locations included the orbit (1), neck (1), mediastinum (1), epicardium (1), retroperitoneum (3), right iliac fossa (1), and upper (1) and lower (4) extremity. Histologically, the lesions were composed of a varying admixture of spindle-shaped to round cells, variably collagenous stroma, adipose tissue, and branched, often thick-walled, hemangiopericytoma-like vessels. For 11 tumors, the mitotic activity ranged from 1 to 3 mitoses per 10 high-power fields (HPF). One tumor which contained hypercellular areas showed 13 mitoses per 10 HPF, and another hypercellular lesion showed up to 43 mitoses per 10 HPF, abnormal mitoses, and necrosis. Immunohistochemically, tumor cells were invariably positive for vimentin and CD99, and mostly for CD34 but negative for desmin, keratin, CD31, CD117 (c-kit), and inhibin. About half of the tumors showed reactivity for bcl-2. Occasionally, focal reactivity was also observed for smooth muscle actin, muscle-specific actin, S100 protein, and epithelial membrane antigen. Ultrastructural examination of seven cases showed features in keeping with fibroblastic, myofibroblastic, or pericytic differentiation. Treatment consisted of simple tumorectomy in 10 cases and wide excision in 3. Follow-up information on 10 patients (range: 6 to 77 months; median: 18 months) showed no recurrence. Lipomatous hemangiopericytoma which share the clinical, pathologic, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features of solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is likely to represent, in most cases, a fat-containing variant of SFT.

MeSH terms

  • Actin Cytoskeleton / ultrastructure
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure
  • Cytoplasm / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Hemangiopericytoma / chemistry
  • Hemangiopericytoma / pathology*
  • Hemangiopericytoma / surgery
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Lipoma / chemistry
  • Lipoma / pathology*
  • Lipoma / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Proteins / analysis
  • Pinocytosis
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / chemistry
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / surgery


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Neoplasm Proteins