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Polish Journal of Pathology
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Case report

Soft tissue metastasis of mediastinal non-functioning paraganglioma with unusual TTF-1 expression: a potential diagnostic pitfall

Michal Benej
,
Iva Zambo
,
Ondrej Bílek
,
Ivan Capov

Pol J Pathol 2017; 68 (4): 354-358
Online publish date: 2018/03/06
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Metastatic extra-adrenal paragangliomas are very rare and can represent diagnostic challenges. We report a case of 69-year-old man with a tumor of the right shoulder. Histologic and immunohistochemical examinations confirmed the diagnosis of paraganglioma. Surprisingly, tumor cells were diffusely thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1) positive. Succinate dehydrogenase complex subunit B (SDHB) deficiency has not been detected. Inherited syndromes associated with paragangliomas were ruled out. The primary tumor was identified in the mediastinum. This is the first report of TTF-1 expression in paraganglioma. To avoid misdiagnosis, careful clinical and pathological examination of any tumor with organoid growths pattern is necessary.
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neuroendocrine tumor, malignant paraganglioma, hereditary syndromes, thyroid transcription factor 1

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