Fetal Mediastinal Fibrosarcoma. Report of Two Cases

Fetal Pediatr Pathol. 2022 Oct;41(5):843-851. doi: 10.1080/15513815.2021.1988010. Epub 2021 Oct 8.


Introduction: One-third of fetal soft tissue tumors are malignant and include congenital fibrosarcoma (CF). We report two fetal CFs arising in the posterior mediastinum. Case Presentation: In case 1, the CF resulted in a mediastinal shift, extensive infiltration of the tumor around adjacent structures, pulmonary hypoplasia, pleural effusion, and rapid growth. The pregnancy was terminated. Case 2 had multiple intrathoracic masses, thoracic hypoplasia, pleural effusion, and fetal death. Both were diagnosed as fibrosarcoma at fetopsy. Discussion: Although congenital CF tends to be locally aggressive with a low metastatic rate, it tends to grow rapidly and the tumor location can affect fetal survival. In Case 1, the tumor demonstrated locally aggressive behavior whereas multiple distant metastases such as lung, liver, adrenals, and left eye were detected in Case 2. The tumor was directly responsible for intrauterine fetal demise in the second case.

Keywords: ETV6-NTRK3 gene fusion; Fetal tumor; congenital fibrosarcoma; fetal ultrasound; prenatal diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fetus / pathology
  • Fibrosarcoma* / diagnosis
  • Fibrosarcoma* / pathology
  • Humans
  • Mediastinum / pathology
  • Pleural Effusion*
  • Pregnancy
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms* / diagnosis