Undifferentiated round cell sarcoma with BCOR internal tandem duplications (ITD) or YWHAE fusions: a clinicopathologic and molecular study

Cristina R. Antonescu, Yu Chien Kao, Bin Xu, Yumi Fujisawa, Catherine Chung, Christopher D.M. Fletcher, Nicole Graf, Albert J. Suurmeijer, Angelica Zin, Leonard H. Wexler, Andrea Ferrari, Gianni Bisogno, Rita Alaggio

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Until recently, undifferentiated round cell sarcomas (URCS) in infants have been considered a wastebasket diagnosis, composed of various pathologic entities and lacking consistent genetic alterations. The recent identification of recurrent BCOR internal tandem duplications (ITD) and less common alternative YWHAE–NUTM2B/E fusions in half of infantile URCS and the majority of so-called primitive myxoid mesenchymal tumors of infancy (PMMTI) suggests a common pathogenesis with clear cell sarcoma of the kidney which also harbors the same genetic alterations. These tumors also share a similar morphology and immunoprofile, including positivity for BCOR, cyclin D1, and SATB2. In this study, we investigate the largest cohort to date of genetically confirmed URCS and PMMTI with BCOR ITD or YWHAE fusions to better define their morphologic spectrum and clinical behavior. Twenty-eight cases harbored BCOR ITD and five YWHAE fusions, occurring in 29 infants and 4 children, 19 males and 14 females. Microscopically, 20 were classified as URCS and 13 as PMMTI. Follow-up was available in 25 patients, with 14 (56%) succumbing to their diseases at a mean duration of 18-months follow-up (range: 2–62). Six patients remained with no evidence of disease at a mean follow-up of 63 months (range: 4–192), four patients were still alive with disease (mean follow-up: 46 months, range: 4–120), and one died of other causes. Local recurrence and distant metastasis were each observed in 11/25 (44%) of the patients. The overall survival was 42% at 3 years and 34% at 5 years (median survival: 26 months). There was no statistically significant survival difference between cases diagnosed as URCS and PMMTI and between those with BCOR ITD and YWHAE fusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1669-1677
Number of pages9
JournalModern Pathology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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