Clear Cell Sarcoma: A Rare Aggressive Tumor with Potential Diagnostic Challenge

Original Article | Volume 6 | Issue 2 | JBST May-August 2020 | Page 9-11 | Adam Goldman, Matthew Doscher, Neil Lancaster, Paul Lamberti. DOI: 10.13107/jbst.2020.v06.i02.24

Author: Adam Goldman[1], Matthew Doscher[1], Neil Lancaster[2], Paul Lamberti[1]

[1]Department of Orthopaedics, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, USA,
[2]Department of Orthopaedics, Franciscan Health- Olympia Fields, Illinois, USA.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Adam Goldman,
Orthopedic Surgery Resident, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields
20201 S. Crawford Ave, Olympia Fields, IL 60461.


Introduction: Synovial sarcomas of the hand are extremely rare, high grade, slow growing, malignant soft-tissue neoplasms. They represent only a fraction of soft-tissue sarcomas, are usually found in the lower extremities around tendon sheaths, bursae, and joint capsules, and carry a significant risk for recurrence and eventual metastasis to the lymph nodes and lungs. There are limited reports of synovial sarcomas of the hand.
Case Report: A 67-year-old male presented with a slow-growing soft-tissue mass of the proximal right long finger over the course of one year. Initial excision was performed, which provided a diagnosis of monophasic synovial cell sarcoma. Subsequently, the patient underwent further staging with an eventual ray resection of the right long finger and an index ray transfer.
Conclusion: There are unique approaches to a patient with a highly malignant neoplasm in the hand. By performing a ray resection and index ray transfer, the patient was spared the potential side effects of radiation therapy and provided a quality functional and cosmetic outcome. The patient returned to work 4 weeks postoperatively. To the best of our knowledge, this treatment has not been used for a synovial sarcoma of the hand.
Keywords: Hand, synovial sarcoma, soft-tissue sarcoma, soft-tissue neoplasms

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How to Cite this article: Goldman A, Doscher M, Lancaster N, Lamberti P | Clear Cell Sarcoma: A Rare Aggressive Tumor with Potential Diagnostic Challenge | Journal of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors | May-August 2020; 6(2): 9-11.

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