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Gliomyosarcoma: an immunohistochemical analysis.
  1. S R Stapleton,
  2. W Harkness,
  3. P R Wilkins,
  4. D Uttley
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Atkinson Morley's Hospital, Wimbledon, London, UK.


    Tumours of mixed glial and sarcomatous elements occurring in intracranial neoplasms are well recognised and have been termed gliosarcomas. These tumours account for up to 8% of all glioblastomas. The sarcomatous elements are thought to derive from the neoplastic transformation of mesenchymal cells in or adjacent to the tumour. This transformation usually has the appearance of a fibrosarcoma or angiosarcoma. Alternative mesenchymal neoplastic differentiation may occur, however, giving rise to the appearances of chondrosarcoma and osteosarcoma. In 1969 Goldman described a case in which the sarcomatous elements of a mixed gliosarcoma appeared, on the basis of light microscopy alone, to differentiate towards skeletal muscle having the features of a rhabdomyosarcoma. He coined the term gliomyosarcoma. In 1986 Barnard et al reported a second case and demonstrated the features of rhabdomyosarcoma using the electron microscope. A further case characterised with both light microscopic and immunohistochemical techniques is reported.

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