The Ultrastructure of Liposarcomas with Attention to "Dedifferentiation"
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Liposarcomas are among the most common soft tissue sarcomas. It is recognized that dedifferentiation can occur within a well-differentiated liposarcoma, but there is limited information concerning the ultrastructure of the dedifferentiated cells. A series of 8 cases has been studied by light and electron microscopy and compared with well-differentiated, myxoid, and pleomorphic liposarcomas. No definite evidence of lipoblastic differentiation could be found in the dedifferentiated cases. The tumor cells resembled atypical cells in the well-differentiated liposarcomas, supporting the close relationship between these two types of tumors. However, since no conclusive line of differentiation could be found in the dedifferentiated cases, this study supports the contention that these neoplasms are undifferentiated counterparts of well-differentiated liposarcomas.
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