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Giant cell tumor-like lesion of the urinary bladder: a report of two cases and literature review; giant cell tumor or undifferentiated carcinoma?

Kemal Behzatoğlu1*, Haydar Durak2, Şule Canberk3, Övgü Aydın2, Gülben Erdem Huq1, Meltem Oznur1, Gülzade Özyalvaçlı1 and Pelin Yıldız1

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1 Department of Pathology, Istanbul Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

2 Department of Pathology, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey

3 Department of Pathology, Istanbul Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Diagnostic Pathology 2009, 4:48  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-4-48

Published: 31 December 2009

Abstract

Giant cell tumor, excluding its prototype in bone, is usually a benign but local aggressive neoplasm originating from tendon sheath or soft tissue. Malignant behavior is uncommon. Visceral organ involvement including urinary bladder is rare. Giant cell tumors in visceral organs usually accompany epithelial tumors and the clinical behavior of giant cell tumor in urinary bladder is similar to its bone counterpart. Here, we report two cases of giant cell tumor located in urinary bladder in comparison with nine reported cases in the English literature. Concurrent noninvasive urothelial carcinoma was also described in all these previous reports and only one patient with follow-up died of disease. One of the two cases we present had no concurrent urothelial tumor at the time of diagnosis but had a history of a low grade noninvasive urothelial carcinoma with three recurrences. The histology of these two cases was similar to the giant cell tumor of bone and composed of oval to spindle mononuclear cells with evenly spaced osteoclast-like giant cells. Immunohistochemically, the giant cells showed staining with osteoclastic markers including CD68, TRAP, and LCA. Immunohistochemical expression of vimentin, CD68, LCA, and smooth muscle actin in mononuclear cells supported a mesenchymal origin with histiocytic lineage. The histologic and immunohistochemical properties in our cases as well as their clinical courses were consistent with a giant cell tumor. Consequently, tumors in urinary bladder showing features of giant cell tumor of bone may also be considered and termed "giant cell tumor".