Myoid differentiation and prognosis in adult pleomorphic sarcomas of the extremity: An analysis of 92 cases

Andrea T. Deyrup, Rex C. Haydon, Dezheng Huo, Akira Ishikawa, Terrance D. Peabody, Tong Chuan He, Anthony G. Montag*

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BACKGROUND. The results of a recent study demonstrated an association between myoid differentiation and an adverse prognosis in adult patients with pleomorphic sarcoma, as determined by 5-year metastasis-free survival rates. METHODS. To confirm the importance of muscle differentiation on prognosis in a well controlled clinical context, 92 samples from patients with pleomorphic sarcoma of the extremity from a single institution were immunostained with 4 monoclonal antibodies believed to be correlated with myoid differentiation: α-smooth muscle actin, muscle-specific actin, desmin, and myoglobin. RESULTS. Forty-two cases were positive for at least 1 muscle marker and 50 cases were uniformly negative. Between the two groups, there was no significant difference in tumor size, tumor extent, or patient age found; however, histologic grade was significantly higher (P = 0.038) in the myoid tumors. The 5-year survival differed significantly between patients with myoid tumors (35%) and those without myoid tumors (65%) (P = 0.0054). Myoid differentiation remained an adverse prognostic indicator after adjusting for clinically significant factors (i.e., histologic grade, tumor size, tumor extent, and patient age) (P = 0.01) (hazard ratio, 2.39; 95% confidence interval, 1.24-4.63). Furthermore, there was an inverse relation found between the number of myoid markers present and survival (P = 0.004). CONCLUSIONS. Myoid differentiation was found to be an independent indicator of adverse prognosis in adult patients with pleomorphic spindle cell sarcoma of the extremity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-813
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2003


  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH)
  • Myogenic
  • Myoid
  • Prognosis
  • Sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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