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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 339-341  

Biphasic renal synovial sarcoma with extensive venous tumor thrombosis: A rare presentation

1 Department of Urology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Reserach, Puducherry, India
2 Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Reserach, Puducherry, India

Date of Submission18-Jan-2018
Date of Acceptance12-Jun-2018
Date of Web Publication12-Jul-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ramanathinam Manikandan
Department of Urology, JIPMER, Puducherry - 605 006
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DOI: 10.4103/UA.UA_9_18

PMID: 30089998

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Primary renal synovial sarcoma (SS) is a very rare soft-tissue tumor arising from the kidney. These tumors histologically closely resemble other sarcoma variants. Immunohistochemical and cytogenetic techniques remain the cornerstone in achieving the correct diagnosis. Radical surgical excision is the primary treatment for local tumor control and alleviation of symptoms. Adjuvant chemotherapy, at present, has only a limited role. We report a unique case of a 21-year-old young male with the diagnosis of a biphasic renal SS with extensive venous system thrombosis involving the inferior vena cava, bilateral iliac, and femoral vessels which was managed by radical nephrectomy and tumor thrombectomy followed by adjuvant chemotherapy.

Keywords: Cytogenetics, immunohistochemistry, renal synovial sarcoma, venous tumor thrombosis

How to cite this article:
Dutt UK, Manikandan R, Dorairajan LN, Srinivas BH. Biphasic renal synovial sarcoma with extensive venous tumor thrombosis: A rare presentation. Urol Ann 2018;10:339-41

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Dutt UK, Manikandan R, Dorairajan LN, Srinivas BH. Biphasic renal synovial sarcoma with extensive venous tumor thrombosis: A rare presentation. Urol Ann [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Oct 21];10:339-41. Available from: https://www.urologyannals.com/text.asp?2018/10/3/339/236529

   Introduction Top

Synovial sarcoma (SS) is a clinically and morphologically distinct tumor entity predominantly arising from the extremities and rarely can involve other organ systems.[1] Faria et al. reported the first case of SS of the kidney in 1999.[2] Till date, approximately fewer than 70 cases of SS have been reported in literature.[3] These tumors are characterized by unique chromosomal translocation t (X; 18) (p11.2;q11.2) in most of the cases, that results in the fusion of SYT gene on chromosome 18 with an SSX family gene on chromosome X (SSX1, SSX2, or SSX4).[4] These tumors share similar histologic and immunohistochemical (IHC) characteristics with sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma, adult Wilms' tumor, and congenital mesoblastic nephroma leading to a diagnostic dilemma.[5] We report an atypical case of biphasic renal SS with extensive tumor thrombus involving the renal vein, inferior vena cava (IVC), and bilateral iliac and femoral veins.

   Case Report Top

A 21-year-old young man presented to our outpatient clinic with complaints of dull aching right flank pain and low-grade fever of 1-week duration. Clinical examination revealed a nonpitting pedal edema over the left shin and nonreducing left varicocele. His blood counts and renal function tests were normal. Ultrasonography revealed a 6 cm × 6 cm hyperechoic mass with anechoic central gross internal debris involving lower pole of the right kidney. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography showed an enhancing right lower pole renal mass of 6.5 cm × 6.4 cm with enhancing tumor thrombus extending superiorly to suprahepatic part of IVC and inferiorly involving bilateral iliac and femoral veins [Figure 1]. The metastatic workup such as chest radiography and liver function tests found to be normal. The patient was clinically staged as T3cN0M0 and underwent open right radical nephrectomy with IVC and bilateral femoral vein thrombectomy. The postoperative period was uneventful.
Figure 1: Contrast-enhanced computed tomography coronal section showing right kidney tumor with thrombus in IVC and bilateral femoral veins

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Histopathology revealed a renal neoplasm demonstrating spindle cells with marked nuclear atypia [Figure 2]. Immunohistochemistry showed positivity for cytokeratin, CD99, S100, and Bcl-2 indicating features of biphasic SS. The patient was offered adjuvant chemotherapy with adriamycin and ifosfamide.
Figure 2: (a) Gross specimen of right renal tumor with thrombus. (b) tumor comprised of intersecting fascicles of tumor cells (H and E, ×40). (c) Tumor cells showing strong positivity to CD99 (immunohistochemical, ×40). (d) Tumor cells showing positivity to cytokeratin (immunohistochemical, ×40)

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   Discussion Top

Primary SS of the kidney is a very rare neoplasm and constitutes <1% of all malignant kidney tumors.[1] It is subclassified into monophasic, biphasic, and poorly differentiated variants.[6] The primary biphasic SS contains both glandular elements and spindle epithelial cells. The monophasic variant is composed of only spindle cells which makes it difficult to diagnose on histopathology and IHC alone and requires further confirmation by cytogenetic analysis.[4] Among the three histologic variants, the poorly differentiated sarcoma has the worst prognosis.[6] Renal SS are typically positive on IHC for Bcl-2, CD99, CD56, vimentin and focally for epithelial membrane antigen. Making an accurate diagnosis on histology is difficult on most occasions, since renal SS is usually difficult to differentiate from other soft-tissue sarcomas. The current gold standard for renal SS is demonstration of the t (X; 18) (p11.2, q11.2) translocation using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, involving fusion of the SYT (Synonyms: SS18-SS translocation, chromosome 18) gene on chromosome 18 to either the SSX1 (SS, X breakpoint 1) or the SSX2 (SS, X breakpoint 2) gene on chromosome Xp11.[7]

SS affects primarily young adults with a mean age of 37 years with no sex predilection.[8] The common presenting symptoms include flank pain, hematuria, and rarely palpable mass, fever and hypertension.[3] Although there are no specific imaging characteristics, Lalwani et al. have described “triple sign” on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging representing areas of hemorrhage, calcification, and air-fluid levels which can raise a suspicion for a preoperative diagnosis of these tumors.[9] Renal SS can present rarely at an advanced stage with caval thrombus and/or metastasis.[10] To the best of our knowledge, approximately five cases of SS with the caval thrombus have been reported previously [Table 1].
Table 1: Summary of tumor thrombus extenstion in patients with Synovial Sarcoma reported in literature

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Our case is unique in that there was an extensive renal, IVC, iliac, and femoral vein tumor thrombus with a biphasic SS histology.

Radical nephrectomy is primarily adopted for achieving local disease control as well as for alleviation of symptoms. About one-third of these patients can have local relapse or develop metastatic abdominal lymph nodes.[3] The role of adjuvant chemotherapy is controversial, although few authors have reported favorable response in patients with metastatic disease.[15] The most frequently used chemotherapy regime is a combination of anthracyclines and ifosfamide similar to protocols used in the treatment of other sarcomas. The median overall survival is approximately 48 months only.

Primary renal SS are rare neoplasms. Although diagnosis can be achieved by IHC it may also require molecular and cytogenetics techniques to establish an accurate diagnosis. These neoplasms should be considered in the differential diagnosis of renal masses with spindle cell components. Radical surgery is the best treatment modality available at present as these neoplasms mainly presents in younger population and chemotherapy has only a limited role. The overall prognosis of this tumor is extremely poor in spite of the presently available treatment modalities.

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Faria P, Argani P, Epstein J. Primary synovial sarcoma of the kidney: A molecular subset of so called embryonal renal sarcoma. Mod Pathol Am 1999;12:94.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Clark J, Rocques PJ, Crew AJ, Gill S, Shipley J, Chan AM, et al. Identification of novel genes, SYT and SSX, involved in the t(X; 18)(p11.2;q11.2) translocation found in human synovial sarcoma. Nat Genet 1994;7:502-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Shao L, Hill DA, Perlman EJ. Expression of WT-1, Bcl-2, and CD34 by primary renal spindle cell tumors in children. Pediatr Dev Pathol 2004;7:577-82.  Back to cited text no. 5
Argani P, Faria PA, Epstein JI, Reuter VE, Perlman EJ, Beckwith JB, et al. Primary renal synovial sarcoma: Molecular and morphologic delineation of an entity previously included among embryonal sarcomas of the kidney. Am J Surg Pathol 2000;24:1087-96.  Back to cited text no. 6
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Lalwani N, Prasad SR, Vikram R, Katabathina V, Shanbhogue A, Restrepo C, et al. Pediatric and adult primary sarcomas of the kidney: A cross-sectional imaging review. Acta Radiol 2011;52:448-57.  Back to cited text no. 9
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