A classic adamantinoma arising from osteofibrous dysplasia-like adamantinoma in the lower leg: A case report and review of the literature

Masahito Hatori, Mika Watanabe, Masami Hosaka, Hironobu Sasano, Masaharu Narita, Shoichi Kokubun

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Abstract

Adamantinoma is known as a low-grade malignant biphasic tumor. Classic adamantimoma is in general characterized by admixture of both epithelial and osteofibrous components that are associated with various proportions and differentiation patterns. Osteofibrous dysplasia (OFD) is a self-limited benign fibro-osseous lesion of bone during infancy and childhood. OFD-like adamantinoma is characterized by predominance of osteofibrous tissues, in which small groups of epithelial cells are only detected by careful search of immunohistochemistry. There have been controversies as to the potential correlation among OFD, OFD-like adamantinoma and classic adamantinoma. We report an unusual case of adamantinoma arising in the tibia, with an extensive review of the literature. The present findings suggest a direct correlation between OFD-like adamantinoma and classic adamantinoma. At the age of 12 years, the tibial biopsy lesion was diagnosed as OFD. At the age of 23, the lesion became larger and more destructive on x-ray films. The biopsy lesion was diagnosed as classic adamantinoma. Wide excision was performed. The primary lesion was retrospectively diagnosed as OFD-like adamantinoma because of presence of keratin-positive epithelial cells within the stroma. At five years after surgery, the patient was free from recurrence or metastasis. The retrospective histological findings of OFD-like adamantinoma in the original biopsy and of a classic adamantinoma in all sections of the later resection specimen raised the possibility of an unusual progression of OFD-like adamantinoma to a classic adamantinoma. The present case and the literature review suggest that an OFD-like adamantinoma may be a precursor lesion of classic adamantinoma. Therefore, the possibility of progression of OFD-like adamantinoma to a classic adamantinoma should be kept in mind, particularly when the destructive changes are seen radiologically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalTohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Volume209
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Apr 15

Keywords

  • Adamantinoma
  • Classic adamantinoma
  • Osteofibrous dysplasia
  • Osteofibrous dysplasia-like adamantinoma
  • Tibia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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