Giant cellular angiofibroma of the vulva: case report
Ana Ribeiro*, Isabel Ferreira and Filomena Ramos
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Center of Baixo Vouga, Portugal
*Address for Correspondence: Ana Ribeiro, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Center of Baixo Vouga, Rua Dr. Artur Ravara, 3810-501 Aveiro, Portugal, Tel: +351911992285; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: Submitted: 11 March 2019; Approved: 08 May 2019; Published: 09 May 2019
How to cite this article: Ribeiro A, Ferreira I, Ramos F. Giant cellular angiofibroma of the vulva: case report. Clin J Obstet Gynecol. 2019; 2: 003-005. DOI: 10.29328/journal.cjog.1001016
Copyright License: © 2019 Ribeiro A, et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Cellular Angiofibroma is a rare benign mesenchymal tumor without gender preference. It is usually a small (<3cm), well-circumscribed, mostly asymptomatic and typically slow growing. Surgical removal of the mass with its capsule is the preferred treatment, not only helps guarantee complete excision and prevent its recurrence but also minimize blood loss. We present the case of a 76-year-old woman with a giant vulvar mass.
Cellular Angiofibroma is a rare benign mesenchymal tumor without gender preference. Nucci et al. first described it in 1997 . It occurs almost exclusively in the superficial soft tissue of the genital area. Although it has preference for the vulvar region, few extravulvar cellular angiofibromas have also been reported. It has limited potential for local recurrence and excision is the treatment of choice . We present the case of a woman with a massive angiofibroma in the right vulvar region.
A 76-year-old female patient presented with a vulvar mass for 10 years, which was progressively increasing in size. The mass was painless. On examination, it was a pediculated tumor of about 7x6 cm that was solid, arising from the right labia and extending to the vulva. The patient’s gynecological examination was normal. She was been in the postmenopausal period for 25 years. MRI revealed an 8, 3x4, 4x4,5 lobulated soft tissue mass with origin in the right major labia and exophytic grow.
The patient underwent resection of the mass. The resected mass measured 7x4, 5x4 cm and was multilobulated and lipomatous with elastic consistency. Histological examination shows fibroadipose tissue with presence of angiomatoid vascular proliferation with areas of myxoma type. No signs of malignancy. The post operatory was uneventful and there was no recurrence in the follow-up till 12 months (Figures 1-4).
A variety of soft tissue tumors occur in the vulvovaginal area of women. Most are small, hormonally responsive, clinically indolent and they are often mistaken for a Bartholin gland cyst .
Cellular angiofibroma is a small (< 3cm), well-circumscribed, mostly asymptomatic, typically slow growing, and benign stromal tumor. It has been diagnosed equally in male and female patients in recent years and most often found in the distal genital region. In women, this tumor usually arises in the subcutaneous tissues of the vulva and is characteristically reported in middleaged women.
In the differential diagnosis, spindle cell lipoma, angiomyofibroblastoma, aggressive angiomyxoma, and smooth muscle tumor must be considered. Immunohistochemical characteristics are useful in the differential diagnosis of soft tissue tumors.
Immunohistochemistry is also useful in indicating atypical and sarcomatous transformation .
Histologically, cellular angiofibroma has two principle components – fusiform cells and prominent blood vessels. The term cellular angiofibroma was chosen to emphasize the both components. These tumors are almost always positive with estrogen and progesterone receptors, suggesting they probably arise from the hormone receptor positive [4-8].
Diagnosis of soft tissue tumors of the vulva can be challenging and frequently necessitates the use of MRI for further characterization and to aid surgical planning. Cellular angiofibroma are almost always encapsulated, well circumscribed, and hypervascular. Surgical removal of the mass with its capsule not only helps guarantee complete excision and prevent its recurrence but also minimize blood loss .
In the reported cases, simple local excision was adequate, and in cases with atypical and sarcomatous transformation, radical excision with negative surgical boundaries is recommended. The surgical removal of these tumors requires thorough knowledge of pelvic anatomy to minimize blood loss. There are no reports of recurrence.
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