- Rib tumors are uncommon and represent 5% to 10% of all bony tumors. Regarding the benign rib lesions, costal angioma is very rare in childhood. We report a case of a rare angioma of a rib complicated by bone erosion in a young boy.
- Perivascular epithelioid cell tumors (PEComas) include different morphological entities originating from perivascular epitheliod cells. Their clinical behavior is not predictable, and there are no strict histologic criteria for malignancy, although larger tumors with infiltrative growth, hypercellularity, cellular atypia, atypical mitoses, and necrosis generally have a malignant course. Pediatric PEComas are rare, with less than 40 cases reported, mostly in children older than 5 years. We describe a case of malignant PEComa of the ligamentum teres in a 2-year-old girl, characterized by the occurrence of local relapse after primary treatment with chemotherapy and surgery and poor response to imatinib mesilate and temsirolimus used after further analyses confirmed p70S6K expression involved in the mTOR pathway.
- Pancreatic solid papillary cystic tumor is a rare neoplasm with an excellent prognosis if surgical excision is complete. We report on a case and review 47 more cases extracted from the published literature to assess the treatment options when solid papillary cystic tumor is considered unresectable. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy were beneficial in a limited number of patients, but therapeutic decisions must be made bearing in mind that patients may be long-term survivors without any treatment because of the tumor's slow growth.
- Giant fibroadenoma (GF) is an uncommon variant of fibroadenomas that represent the most frequent breast lesion in adolescents and young women. The authors present 2 cases of GF of the breast in girls aged 12 and 14 years, and the respective diagnostic workup and conservative surgical treatment. Giant fibroadenomas are benign tumors, but their rapid growth and large size together with their rarity may determine difficulties in the clinical approach. Moreover, GF must be excised in all cases to exclude a phyllodes tumor and to prevent later deformity.
- Female hypospadias is a rare malformation. We report on an unusual case that presented with a urethral dimple in the perineum in association with a pelvic soft tissue sarcoma compressing and displacing the urethra. The diagnosis was made by cystoscopy, and, as the patients remained asymptomatic, no treatment was eventually required for her urologic malformation. This is, to our knowledge, the first reported case of female hypospadias associated with a perineal urethral dimple. The possible pathogenesis of the malformation is discussed also in relation to the simultaneous presence of a pelvic mass.