Musculoskeletal angiosarcomas, (along with hemangiopericytomas and haemangioendotheliomas) are tumors that arise from vascular structures. They are typically difficult to distinguish from one another on imaging alone.
Angiosarcomas, are the most aggressive of the three, frequently having metastases at the time of diagnosis, and often having local recurrences.
They can occur in:
- skin: 33%
- soft tissues: 24%
angiosarcoma of bone: 6%
- long bones: 60%
- tibia: 23%
- femur: 18%
- humerus: 13%
- pelvis: 7%
- long bones: 60%
Histologically they can contain either haemangiomatous or lymphangiomatous cellular elements, which accounts for them previously being referred to as lymphangiosarcomas or haemangiosarcomas.
May be seen as a non-specific soft tissue mass. When involving bone, they are predominantly lytic, and may mimic hemangiomas with a course honeycomb appearance.
Dense, well-circumscribed areas of enhancement with early draining veins and shunting. Hemangiopericytomas are described as having a pedicle formed by the arteries supplying the tumor from which vessels branch to encircle the tumor.
Non-specific soft tissue mass, with a density similar to muscle but demonstrating bright contrast enhancement. CTA may demonstrate large feeding vessels.
Brightly enhancing soft tissue mass, often hyperintense on T2WI, with prominent flow voids, most marked in hemangiopericytomas.
- angiosarcoma (general article)
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