Haemangiopericytomas (HPC) are highly vascularized tumours located in any part of the body where capillaries can be found. Since 2002, they have been re-classiﬁed under the umbrella ‘extrapleural Solitary Fibrous Tumour (SFT)’ and the term HPC is nowadays used to describe a growth pattern rather than a clinical entity. Their biological behaviour varies and they require a long-term follow-up since they may recur or metastasise several years after successful treatment. We present the case of a gentleman with HPC of the greater omentum initially appeared in 1998. HPC rarely develops in the greater omen- tum and only 20 cases have been described in the literature till today. Despite complete excision the mass re-appeared in 2011 and 2017, 13 and 19 years after initial treatment. Surgical management included en bloc excision of three lesions along with greater omentum. No further treatment was required. appeared gradually over several months causing a dull pain. INTRODUCTION No other symptoms were described. Clinical examination Haemangiopericytomas (HPC) are highly vascularized tumours revealed a 11 × 10 cm soft and well deﬁned, palpable mass located in any part of the body where capillaries can be found on the right side of the abdominal wall (Fig. 1). Computer . They were ﬁrst described in 1942 and since 2002 they have tomography (CT) of the abdomen presented several space- been grouped into the umbrella ‘extrapleural solitary ﬁbrous occupying lesions in the peritoneal cavity, the right side of tumour (SFT)’ . Their biological behaviour varies and long- the lower pelvis and the rectovesical pouch, measuring 11 × term follow-up is required, even after successful management 10.4 × 10.7 cm, 8 × 6.5 cm and 7.5 × 5.7 cm, respectively (Figs . We present the case of a gentleman with HPC of the greater 2 and 3). Due to compression, the veins of the anterior omentum initially appeared in 1998 and, despite successful abdominal wall presented dilated. Thorax CT scan revealed management, it recurred in 2011 and 2017. no tumour. On exploratory laparotomy four large lesions were revealed CASE REPORT arising from the greater omentum. No peritoneal or organ A 72-year-old gentleman presented to our unit with a recur- metastasis were seen. The lesions were excised en bloc with rent mass of the anterior abdominal wall. This mass the greater omentum (Fig. 4). The masses were surrounded by Received: February 26, 2018. Accepted: April 18, 2018 Published by Oxford University Press and JSCR Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. © The Author(s) 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact email@example.com Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jscr/article-abstract/2018/5/rjy087/4995818 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 21 June 2018 2 D. Vasdeki et al. Figure 1: The patient presented with a 11 × 10 cm soft and well deﬁned, palp- able mass on the right side of the abdominal wall. Figure 3: Abdominal CT scan showing two hypervascular lesions in the abdomen. Figure 2: Abdominal CT scan showing a inhomogeneous hypervascular mass. Figure 4: Intra-operatively three lesions derived from the greater omentum were excised along with the greater omentum. blood vessels of large calibre, approximately 0.5 cm. Due to their vascular nature, there was a signiﬁcant amount of blood loss intra-operatively and therefore the patient remained in DISCUSSION ICU for 24 hours post-operatively. Subsequently he had an uneventful recovery and was discharged 7 days after his Haemangiopericytoma has been considered a controversial operation. highly vascularized tumour. It was ﬁrst described by Stout and The patient had undergone excision of similar lesions from Murray in 1942 as a neoplasm derived from the pericytes of the anterior abdominal wall in 1998 and 2011 (19 and 6 years Zimmerman, modiﬁed smooth muscle cells that regulate the before the present case, respectively). Both operations were calibre of the capillary lumen [4, 5]. Since 2002 haemangioperi- performed in other institutions and only the biopsy reports cytomas have been reclassiﬁed as solitary ﬁbrous tumour (SFT), were available to us. The ﬁrst biopsy conﬁrmed haemangioperi- since the term HPC gathers numerous non-related entities that cytoma, more likely malignant, due to display of pleomorph- share certain morphologic characteristics. The term ‘extra-pleural ism, hypercellularity and inﬁltration of the capsule of the mass. SFT’ describes extra-meningeal SFTs, haemangiopericytomas, In 2011, two lesions were excised, along with part of the greater lipomatous haemangiopericytomas and giant cell angioﬁbromas, omentum. Histological evaluation showed haemangiopericyto- as deﬁned by the World Health Organization (WHO) [2, 6–8]. ma. Immunohistochemical analysis showed positivity for The term haemangiopericytoma is nowadays used to vimentin, CD34 and CD99 and a mitotic count of 1 mitosis per describe a growth pattern rather than a clinical entity . 10 high-power ﬁelds (HPF). Biopsy of the present case also con- Histologically, HPC are sinusoidal vascular tumours with ﬁrmed a haemangiopericytoma; necrosis was present, while staghorn-shaped blood vessels surrounded by spindle shaped mitoses were <4/10HPF. cells . Several tumour types share similar vascularity, Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jscr/article-abstract/2018/5/rjy087/4995818 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 21 June 2018 Haemangiopericytoma of the greater omentum 3 resulting in difﬁculties in their diagnosis, management and limited and more studies still need to be conducted . The risk prognosis. Immunochemistry has not met great success in the of perioperative bleeding has always to be considered. Their diagnosis of HPC, since cell markers present in normal peri- extreme vascularity can make some lesions unresectable due cytes, such as desmin and muscle actins, are not frequently to high risk of signiﬁcant blood loss. Pre-operative vascular found in HPC cells . Moreover, they display several features embolization of the lesion has been an effective measure to of pericytic, ﬁbroblastic and myoﬁbroblastic differentiation, reduce blood loss intra-operatively . while they express CD34, CD99 and Bcl-2 antigens . In conclusion, HPC should be included in the differential Soft tissue SFTs represent <2% of all soft tissue tumours; diagnosis of vascular tumours. After radical excision of the malignant HPCs represent <1% of all vascular tumours and tumour long-term follow-up is essential, since recurrence and around 5% of all sarcomatous tumours [2, 5, 6]. HPCs can more metastasis can happen several years after treatment. frequently be located at the lower extremities (34,9%), retroperi- toneum and pelvic cavity (24,5%) [1, 9]. The greater omentum has been a rare site for its occurrence; only 20 cases of HPC CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT of the greater omentum have been described . The median None declared. age of diagnosis is 45 years. 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