Desmoplastic small round cell tumor of the lung

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2002 Oct;126(10):1226-8. doi: 10.5858/2002-126-1226-DSRCTO.


An extra-abdominal desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) of the lung with immunohistochemical, ultrastructural, and cytogenetic evidence of multidirectional differentiation is reported. We demonstrate that DSRCTs of the lung and pleura show morphologic, molecular, genetic, and ultrastructural features similar to DSRCTs arising in other sites. The tumor showed coexpression of cytokeratins (AE1/3, epithelial membrane antigen, CAM 5.2) and mesenchymal markers (vimentin, desmin, neuron-specific enolase), as well as WT1. Ultrastructurally, intracytoplasmic whorls of intermediate filaments, similar to previous descriptions of DSRCT in nonthoracic sites, were also demonstrated in this case. EWS-WT1 gene fusion characteristic of DSRCT with the t(11;22)(q13;q12) translocation was demonstrated in this tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / chemistry
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell / pathology*
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 11
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 22
  • DNA, Neoplasm / analysis
  • Desmin / analysis
  • Humans
  • Intermediate Filaments / ultrastructure
  • Lung Neoplasms / chemistry
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Proteins / analysis
  • Oncogene Proteins, Fusion / analysis
  • Oncogene Proteins, Fusion / genetics
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Translocation, Genetic


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • DNA, Neoplasm
  • Desmin
  • EWS1-WT1 fusion protein, human
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Oncogene Proteins, Fusion