Solitary Fibrous Tumors of the Female Genital Tract: A Study of 27 Cases Emphasizing Nonvulvar Locations, Variant Histology, and Prognostic Factors

Am J Surg Pathol. 2022 Mar 1;46(3):363-375. doi: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001829.


We report 27 solitary fibrous tumors of the female genital tract emphasizing nonvulvar locations, variant histology, and prognostic factors. The patients ranged from 25 to 78 years (most were over 40), and tumors occurred in the vulva (7), vagina (2), cervix (2), corpus (6), fallopian tube/paratubal soft tissue (5), and ovary (5). They ranged from 1.5 to 39 (mean=10.5) cm and were typically solid, but 4 were predominantly cystic. All had a haphazard arrangement of spindled to ovoid cells, with most demonstrating alternating cellular and hypocellular areas and prominent vessels, but 13 lacked hypocellular areas, and 7 had focal diffuse growth with inconspicuous vasculature. Other patterns included corded (8), fascicular (5), trabecular (1), and nested (1). Microcysts (6), myxoid background (8), hyalinization (8), lipomatous differentiation (2), and multinucleated cells (6) were also present, and 10 tumors had necrosis. Vasculature included thin-walled branching "staghorn" (27), thick-walled (7), and hyalinized vessels (5) or dilated anastomosing vascular channels (3). Nuclear atypia ranged from mild (19), moderate (7), to severe (1), and mitoses from 0 to 24/10 HPF (mean=4). STAT6 was positive in all 25 tumors tested. One tumor showed dedifferentiation; the remainder were classified as benign (19) or malignant (7) based on mitotic rate (univariate stratification model) and as low risk (14), intermediate risk (8), or high risk (4) based on the Demicco multivariate risk stratification score. Follow-up (median=23 mo) was available for 16 patients. Six tumors recurred (2 intermediate risk, 3 high risk, and the dedifferentiated tumor), 5 in the abdomen; the dedifferentiated tumor metastasized to the lung. Multivariate risk stratification was superior to univariate classification, as 5 "benign" tumors were reclassified as intermediate risk using the multivariate model; of these, 2 recurred, and 1 patient died of disease. Upper female genital tract tumors occurred in older patients, were larger, and more frequently classified as high risk compared with those of the lower tract. A trend toward increased cellularity was also seen in the upper tract tumors. Only size (P=0.04), necrosis (P=0.04), and Demicco score (P=0.01) independently correlated with recurrence. Female genital tract solitary fibrous tumors demonstrate a wide range of variant morphologies and occur in diverse sites in addition to the vulva. Tumors were often misdiagnosed as other neoplasms; thus, awareness of solitary fibrous tumors occurring at these sites is crucial in prompting staining for STAT6 to establish this diagnosis. The Demicco risk stratification system effectively predicts behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / diagnosis
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Solitary Fibrous Tumors / diagnosis
  • Solitary Fibrous Tumors / pathology*