Early clinical presentation of synovial sarcoma

N. Halperin, A. Peer

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Synovial sarcoma is a rare malignant mesenchymal tumor. There is little in the early manifestation of synovial carcinoma to indicate its lethal potential, as emphasized in the case presented. A 20-year-old soldier was admitted for biopsy of a small tumor in the anteromedial aspect of the upper part of the left leg. He had experienced tenderness in that area for more than five years. Two years prior to admission the area showed local swelling following mild trauma. During the past year he could feel a small painful lump. Biopsy showed synovial carcinoma. Midthigh amputation of the left leg and dissection of the left inguinal nodes were carried out. Such tumors are characterized by three patterns of presentation: appearance of a painful mass, appearance of a painless mass, or a long period of pain and local tenderness without a mass. The prognosis could be improved by early biopsy in cases of pain of unknown origin with local tenderness, especially in the lower extremities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-197+219
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


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