Hemangiopericytomas in the Central Nervous System: A Multicenter Study of Korean Cases with Validation of the Usage of STAT6 Immunohistochemistry for Diagnosis of Disease

Junjeong Choi, Sung Hye Park, Shin Kwang Khang, Yeon Lim Suh, Sang Pyo Kim, Youn Soo Lee, Hyun Seok Kwon, Seok Gu Kang, Se Hoon Kim

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Background: Hemangiopericytoma (HPC) in the central nervous system (CNS) is a rare disease with distinctive biological/clinical characteristics compared with meningioma. Methods: Cases of HPCs of the CNS were collected, and clinicopathological records were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) for proliferative markers (Ki-67, PHH3) and STAT6 were performed. Results: A total of 140 cases were collected, with mean follow-up of 77 months (median 58.8 months; range 0.53–540.5 months). 1-, 5-, 10-, and 20-year survival rates were 99.1, 94.0, 74.4, and 61.9 %, respectively. Thirty-nine patients (27.9 %) had recurrent disease. Mean and median times to recurrence were 62.9 and 47.3 months with 1-, 5-, 10-, and 20-year recurrence-free survival rates of 98.3, 78.3, 50.1, and 11.0 %, respectively. Thirteen patients (9.3 %) developed extracranial metastases. No adjuvant radiation therapy, higher histologic grades, failure of gross-total resection, and cases with gamma-knife surgery (GKS) were factors associated with shorter disease-free survival (log-rank test, p = 0.02, 0.00, 0.02, 0.00), among which high histologic grade and cases with GKS were significant in multivariable analysis. Strong nuclear STAT6 expression was noted in HPCs in 62 cases of HPCs (60/62, 96.8 %), whereas diffuse weak positivity was demonstrated in all meningioma cases. Conclusions: The survival rate in patients with HPC of the CNS is comparable to that of previously reported series. Recurrence remains a critical clinical issue of the disease. Identification of NAB2-STAT6 fusion transcript with surrogate IHC marker is a valuable diagnostic tool in the differential diagnosis of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-961
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of surgical oncology
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Korean Society of pathologist with the help of Korean Neuropathology Study Group and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (NRF 2014R1A1A1002443).

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© 2016, Society of Surgical Oncology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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