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Mentions: Clinical examination showed severe facial asymmetry. A large, firm, and tender swelling was noted on the left cheek and it caused pain. The skin had appeared stretched and inflamed. The opening of the mouth was partly restricted. Intraoral examination revealed an extensive mass involving the buccal mucosa (Figure 1). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an infiltrative large soft tissue lesion in the maxillary sinus, infraorbitary space, pterygopalatine fossa, pterygoid plates, and the ramus, which caused displacement of the adjacent structures (Figure 2). An incisional biopsy was made. Histological examination of the specimen showed clusters of small round cells with hyper chromatic nuclei and eosinophilic cytoplasm separated by fibrovascular septae (Figure 3). The morphologic features of the cells indicated a differential diagnosis comprising RMS, Ewing’s sarcoma, malignant melanoma, and an epithelial tumor. The neoplastic cells were strongly positive for vimentin, desmin, myoglobin, and muscle specific-actin (Figure 4) and negative for CD99, chromogranin, S 100, HMB 45, EMA, and Pan CK. After performing the standard diagnostic work-up, the tumor was diagnosed as alveolar RMS. She was referred to the Pediatric Oncology Department, and the proposed treatment plan was a combination of chemotherapy, including ifo sfamid+vincristine+actinomycine-D (IVA regimen) and Mesna, and radiotherapy. Although the tumor showed dramatic regression after the initial 12 weeks of chemotherapy, the patient’s parents refused external beam radiation therapy. During the post-chemotherapy radiographic evaluation, the tumor was found to have regressed. However, after 6 months, she experienced an increase in pain and mass localization, limitations in temporomandibular articulation, and loss in weight; therefore, she reconsulted the Oncology Clinic. Surprisingly, the tumor was found to have rapidly increased in size, almost reaching the pretreatment size, indicating the reversal of the effects of chemotherapy. Owing to this development, she was administered chemotherapy with carboplatin+epirubisin+vincris tine for 8 weeks. Following the completion of chemotherapy, she was treated with external beam radiation therapy (5,400 cGY) for 8 weeks. Despite the treatment, the tumor continued to increase in size, and she died 2 years after the initial treatment.
Rhabdomyosarcoma of the Oral Cavity: A Case Report
Bottom Line: The common sites of occurrence are the head and neck region, genitourinary tract, retroperitonium, and, to a lesser extent, the extremities.In the head and neck region, the most commonly affected sites are the orbit, paranasal sinuses, soft tissues of the cheek, and the neck.RMS is relatively uncommon in the oral cavity, and the involvement of the jaws is extremely rare.
Affiliation: Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey.
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a tumor of skeletal muscle origin, is the most common soft tissue sarcoma encountered in childhood and adolescence. The common sites of occurrence are the head and neck region, genitourinary tract, retroperitonium, and, to a lesser extent, the extremities. In the head and neck region, the most commonly affected sites are the orbit, paranasal sinuses, soft tissues of the cheek, and the neck. RMS is relatively uncommon in the oral cavity, and the involvement of the jaws is extremely rare. Here, we report a case of oral RMS in a 13-year-old child and describe the clinical, radiological, histopathological, and immunohistochemical findings.