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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 314-315

Retroperitoneal desmoplastic small round cell tumor in 3-year-old child: Report of a rare case and review of literature

1 Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 MBBS graduate, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India

Date of Submission10-Jul-2021
Date of Acceptance20-Aug-2021
Date of Web Publication11-Oct-2021

Correspondence Address:
Thirunavukkarasu Arun Babu
Additional Professor & Head, Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Mangalagiri - 522 503, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/am.am_72_21

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Round cell tumors are group of tumors exhibiting hyperchromatic round nucleus, scant cytoplasm, and high nuclear–cytoplasmic ratio in histopathological examination. These tumors need the application of immunohistochemical panel for accurate diagnosis. We are presenting a rare case of small round cell tumor in retroperitoneum in a 3-year-old male child because of rarity in this site and age.

Keywords: Children, desmoplastic round cell tumor, histopathology, soft tissue sarcoma

How to cite this article:
Babu TA, Balakrishnan P. Retroperitoneal desmoplastic small round cell tumor in 3-year-old child: Report of a rare case and review of literature. Apollo Med 2021;18:314-5

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Babu TA, Balakrishnan P. Retroperitoneal desmoplastic small round cell tumor in 3-year-old child: Report of a rare case and review of literature. Apollo Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Nov 28];18:314-5. Available from: https://apollomedicine.org/text.asp?2021/18/4/314/327971

  Introduction Top

Desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) is a rare, aggressive, soft-tissue sarcoma first described by Gerald and Rosai in 1989.[1] It commonly occurs in adolescent boys and young adults.[2] The abdomen and pelvis are the common sites of involvement and it is one of the important differential diagnoses of peritoneal carcinomatosis.[1],[2],[3]s We are reporting a rare case of DSRCT which presented as a retroperitoneal mass in a 3-year-old child who is the youngest patient to be reported in literature.

  Case Report Top

A 3-year-old male child was brought by his parents with complaints of lower abdominal swelling and difficulty in voiding for 1-month duration. The swelling was increasing in size and was associated with pain. There was no history of trauma, fever, hematuria, and swelling in any other sites of the body. On examination, there was no fever, pallor, lymphadenopathy, ascites. A lower abdominal lump was palpable which was hard, immobile, and extending from umbilicus to pubic region approximately measuring 8 cm × 6 cm. Computed tomography scan showed retroperitoneal tumor measuring 10 cm × 8 cm × 3 cm with differential diagnoses of neuroblastoma, and Wilm's tumor. Exploratory laparotomy and complete resection of the retroperitoneal tumor were done [Figure 1]. Tumor was compressing the bladder. Grossly, tumor was encapsulated with nodular surface and cut surface showed solid gray white areas with focal hemorrhagic areas. Histopathological examination showed small round cells with hyperchromatic nucleus and scant cytoplasm arranged in nodular pattern separated by desmoplastic stroma containing capillaries [Figure 2]. There were no mitotic figures. The immunohistochemistry panel showed tumor cells were positive for WT-1, epithelial membrane antigen, vimentin, and desmin and negative for CD99. Diagnosis of the desmoplastic small round cell of retroperitoneum was done with the help of histopathological and immunohistochemistry findings. Genetic analysis for EWS-WT-I fusion gene product due to t (11p; 22q) was not done due to the lack of facility in our center. The child was started on chemotherapy and is currently on follow-up.
Figure 1: Resected retroperitoneal tumor measuring 10 cm × 8 cm × 3 cm with nodular surface

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Figure 2: Photomicrograph showing tumor cells with scant cytoplasm and round nucleus arranged in nodules separated by fibrous stroma (H and E stain, ×400)

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  Discussion Top

DSRCT presents as an intra-abdominal tumor invading omentum, splenic hilum, mesentry, or with multiple peritoneal implants simulating peritoneal carcinomatosis.[2] Cases of DSRCT occurring in extraperitoneal sites such as pleura, testis, sinuses, scalp, ovaries, and bone are also reported in adult and adolescent patients.[1],[4] The differential diagnoses of retroperitoneal tumors in childhood are neuroblastoma, nephroblastoma, lymphoma, primary neuroectodermal tumor (PNET), clear cell sarcoma of kidney, rhabdomyosarcoma, lipoblastoma, and tumors with small round cell histology like neuroblastoma, nephroblastoma, PNET, and rhabdomyosarcoma.[5] DSRCT occurring in retroperitoneum and in this early age is very rare and has to be considered while evaluation with immunohistochemistry. Preoperative diagnosis of DSRCT could not be done in our case. The definitive diagnosis of DSRCT is made with the finding of characteristic t (11p; 22q) and EWS/WT1 gene fusion product by genetic analysis.[1] Life-threatening complications of DSRCT which are often seen at diagnosis are extensive metastasis and migratory thrombophlebitis (Trousseau syndrome). The lung and liver are the most common sites for metastasis.[2] Multidisciplinary methods of treatment such as complete resection of tumor with polychemotherapy and radiotherapy are needed.[3] Various chemotherapy regimens such as P6 protocol, VAIA, CEVAIE, and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy are available.[3],[4] Despite aggressive treatment, the survival rate of DSRCT patients is very poor.

  Conclusion Top

We are reporting a rare case of DSRCT in 3-year-old male child presented as retroperitoneal tumor and causing the diagnostic dilemma. Preoperative diagnosis is essential for the evaluation and treatment of metastasis and trousseau syndrome associated with DSRCT.

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The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patient has given his consent for his images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patient understands that name and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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  References Top

Cao Y, Chen Y, Yang LI, Qian ZH, Han SG, Li QH, et al. Desmoplastic small round cell tumor: A case report of a rare differential diagnosis of solid tumors of the pleura. Oncol Lett 2015;10:2991-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
Dufresne A, Cassier P, Couraud L, Marec-Bérard P, Meeus P, Alberti L, et al. Desmoplastic small round cell tumor: Current management and recent findings. Sarcoma 2012;2012:714986.  Back to cited text no. 2
Scheer M, Vokuhl C, Blank B, Hallmen E, von Kalle T, Münter M, et al. Desmoplastic small round cell tumors: Multimodality treatment and new risk factors. Cancer Med 2019;8:527-42.  Back to cited text no. 3
Manjula MV, Pawar YS. Primary desmoplastic small round cell tumor of the testis: First case in India and review of the literature. J Cancer Res Ther 2015;11:650.  Back to cited text no. 4
Chang F. Desmoplastic small round cell tumors: Cytologic, histologic, and immunohistochemical features. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2006;130:728-32.  Back to cited text no. 5


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