Pelvic alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in a young adult

David Reisner, Chiemezie Amadi, Irwin Beckman, Shweta Patel, Ramana Surampudi

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Abstract

Rhabdomyosarcomas are soft-tissue tumors, rare in adults. Accounting for nearly 5% of childhood cancers, they represent less than 0.03% of adult malignancies (1, 2). Three different subtypes of rhabdomyosarcoma have been described (embryonal, alveolar and pleomorphic), making up approximately 50%, 30%, and 20% of the cases, respectively (3). Although the definitive diagnosis is made pathologically, some distinguishing features among these subtypes, and between rhabdomyosarcomas and other soft-tissue tumors, can be suggested on MRI and CT. We present an interesting case of a 20-year-old female with a locally aggressive pelvic alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. While the prognosis has improved with newer treatment techniques, overall survival rates remain poor. Our case study presents typical features of a rare disease, which can often present a diagnostic dilemma for clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number798
Pages (from-to)798
Number of pages1
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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