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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 243-253

Uterine mesenchymal tumors


1 Department of Pathology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2 Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA

Correspondence Address:
Subodh M Lele
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, 983135 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-3135
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.81582

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Uterine mesenchymal tumors are a heterogeneous group of neoplasms that can frequently be diagnostically challenging. Differentiation between the benign and malignant counterparts of mesenchymal tumors is significant due to differences in clinical outcome, and the role of the surgical pathologist in making this distinction (especially in the difficult cases) cannot be underestimated. Although immunohistochemical stains are supportive toward establishing a final diagnosis, the morphologic features trump all the other ancillary techniques for this group of neoplasms. This review therefore emphasizes the key morphologic features required to diagnose and distinguish uterine mesenchymal tumors from their mimics, with a brief description of the relevant immunohistochemical features.


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