Scholsem, Martin × Raket, Daniel Flandroy, Pierre Sciot, Raphael Deprez, Manuel #
Journal of neuro-oncology vol:75 issue:2 pages:121-5
We present a rare case of temporal bone angiosarcoma diagnosed in a 26-year-old female patient at 36 week of pregnancy. The patient was referred with a 2 months history of left otalgia and tinnitus with a tender swelling above the mastoid. Cranial imaging studies showed a 7 x 5 x 4 cm hypervascularized mass located in the left middle fossa with lysis of the temporal bone and extension to the subcutis. After the baby was delivered by caesarean section, the patient entered the oncology protocol. Selective embolization of the feeding vessels was followed by gross total surgical resection using a combined supra- and infra-tentorial approach. Pathological findings were those of a poorly differentiated, highly malignant sarcoma with a large epitheloid component and immunohistochemical evidence of endothelial differentiation (CD31, Factor VIII related antigen, CD34), consistent with an angiosarcoma with epitheloid features. No extra-cranial tumor was found after extensive staging. The patient received adjuvant radiotherapy followed by a course of chemotherapy consisting of 6 cycles of paclitaxel. At 15 months follow-up, she developed multiple distant metastasis to a left postauricular lymph node and to the lungs and ribs. The patient was given a second line chemotherapy using doxorubicine and ifosfamide. Despite an initial good response, she died with metastatic disease 26 months after diagnosis. We present a rare case of primary temporal bone angiosarcoma and report our experience with a multimode therapeutic approach combining surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.