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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 445-447
Sclerosing stromal tumor: Unusual histologic features of a rare ovarian tumor

Department of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Arora R, Gupta R, Dinda A K. Sclerosing stromal tumor: Unusual histologic features of a rare ovarian tumor. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2008;51:445-7

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Arora R, Gupta R, Dinda A K. Sclerosing stromal tumor: Unusual histologic features of a rare ovarian tumor. Indian J Pathol Microbiol [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Jul 7];51:445-7. Available from: http://www.ijpmonline.org/text.asp?2008/51/3/445/42520


We are reporting a case of sclerosing stromal tumor of the ovary, as reported by Pai et al, in your journal. [1] A 25-year-old female, mother of two children, presented with complaints of dull aching constant pain in the lower abdomen for the past 3 years. On examination, a left adnexal mass measuring 5 5 cm in size was felt. Ultrasonography (USG) of the abdomen and pelvis revealed a left ovarian mass, 6 5 cm, with heterogeneous echotexture. Scattered echogenic foci with shadows suggestive of calcifications were seen. With a pre-operative diagnosis of left ovarian tumor, the patient underwent exploratory laparotomy and left salpingo-oophorectomy.

The specimen consisted of the left ovary, measuring 7 5 2 cm, with attached  Fallopian tube More Details 6cm in length. The ovary was occupied by a tumor, which was predominantly solid, pale yellow and homogeneous. Few cystic areas were noted and the mass was focally gritty on sectioning. Representative sections showed a tumor composed of hypocellular areas with extensive sclerosis, myxoid change and spiculate calcifications [Figure 1]. Careful search revealed few cellular foci composed of fibroblast-like cells with hemangiopericytoma-like vascular areas. No nuclear pleomorphism or mitotic activity was noted. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells showed positivity for smooth muscle actin [Figure 2] and CD99 while being negative for desmin, S-100 protein and epithelial membrane antigen. Staining with CD34 highlighted the rich vascularity within the cellular foci. Considering the pathological features, a final diagnosis of sclerosing stromal tumor of the left ovary with extensive calcification was rendered. The patient has been well in 10 months of follow-up at the time of this writing.

Sclerosing stromal tumor (SST) of the ovary is a rare, distinct subtype of sex cord-stromal tumor. Since its initial description, fewer than 100 cases have been reported. [2] Histologically, SSTs reveal a distinctive pseudo lobular pattern of growth with cellular and hypocellular areas. The cellular nodules show a disorganized mixture of fibroblasts, vacuolated luteinized theca-like cells and a rich network of thin-walled vessels. These nodules are separated by densely collagenized or edematous connective tissue. [2] Occasionally, the vacuolated cells may assume a signet-ring like appearance and simulate Krukenberg tumor; however, the cells in the latter contain mucin rather than lipid. [2] Immunohistochemically, the cells of SSTs are positive for inhibin, CD99 and actin; and are negative for desmin, S-100 protein and epithelial markers. [2]

The main differential diagnoses of SST of ovary include other sex cord-stromal tumors like fibroma and thecoma. Other sex cord-stromal tumors, including fibroma, may be differentiated from SST on the basis of histologic findings of lobulation, hemangiopericytoma-like pattern and positivity for actin in SSTs. [2] In the presence of calcification, which is an unusual feature in SST as seen in our case, certain entities like "burned-out" gonadoblastoma, serous epithelial tumors, idiopathic calcification and hyalinized fibroma also need to be considered. "Burned-out" gonadoblastoma shows smooth, rounded calcific masses with scarce or absent tumor cells. This appearance, especially in a dysgenetic gonad, is considered to be suggestive of gonadoblastoma and urges the pathologist to carefully search the tumor cells. [3] Since gonadoblastoma can act as a source of malignant germ cell tumors, bilateral oophorectomy is advocated, [3] unlike unilateral ovariectomy or cystectomy in SSTs. [2] A rare form of serious carcinoma, psammocarcinoma, is composed of numerous psammoma bodies with scant tumor cells showing nuclear atypia and this needs to be excluded in ovaries with extensive calcifications. [4] Extensive idiopathic calcification has been described in one case where both ovaries, though of normal size, were calcified into stony-hard consistency. Microscopy showed numerous spherical calcific foci without accompanying epithelial cells. [5] Ovarian fibromas, rarely, show extensive hyalinization and stromal edema with dystrophic spiculate calcification, [6] similar to that seen in our case. However, careful search in our case yielded the cellular foci with features of SST. The tumor in the present case may represent a late calcifying stage of SST and needs to be recognized to avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate management.

In conclusion, sclerosing stromal tumor is a rare ovarian neoplasm, which can show extensive dystrophic calcification in unusual cases. Such a phenomenon in this rare tumor should be kept in mind when confronted by a paucicellular hyalinized ovarian tumor with extensive calcification. In such cases, careful examination of multiple sections and immunohistochemical expression of tumor cells help in rendering an accurate diagnosis.

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1.Pai RR, Shaktawat SS, Khadilkar UN, Lobo FD, Rao VS, Philipose R. Sclerosing stromal tumor of the ovary: A clinicopathologic spectrum. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2005;48:370-2.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Chang W, Oiseth SJ, Orentlicher R, Agarwal G, Yahr LJ, Cayten CG. Bilateral sclerosing stromal tumor of the ovaries in a premenarchal girl. Gynecol Oncol 2006;101:342-5.  Back to cited text no. 2  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
3.Scully RE. Gonadoblastoma: A gonadal tumor related to dysgerminoma (seminoma) and capable of sex hormone production. Cancer 1953;6:455.  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Powell JL, McDonald TJ, White WC. Serous psammocarcinoma of the ovary. South Med J 1998;91:477-80.  Back to cited text no. 4  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
5.Clement PB, Cooney TP. Idiopathic calcification of the ovarian stroma. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1992;116:204-5.  Back to cited text no. 5  [PUBMED]  
6.Thecoma-fibroma group of tumors. In : Russell P, Bannatyne P, editors. Surgical Pathology of the ovaries. Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 343.  Back to cited text no. 6    

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DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.42520

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