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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1710--1711

Granular Cell Tumor of the Median Nerve Masquerading as Neurofibroma

Rashmi P Joshi1, Debajyoti Chatterjee2, Sunil Gaba3,  
1 Department of Pathology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Histopathology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Plastic Surgery, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Debajyoti Chatterjee
Department of Histopathology, Research Block A, 5th Floor, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh - 160 012

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Joshi RP, Chatterjee D, Gaba S. Granular Cell Tumor of the Median Nerve Masquerading as Neurofibroma.Neurol India 2022;70:1710-1711

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Granular cell tumor (GCT) is an uncommon tumor of soft tissue showing schwannian differentiation, which usually affects middle-aged females. It frequently affects the head and neck with the tongue being the most common site followed by skin and subcutaneous tissue.[1] Its origin from peripheral nerves is very rare. To our knowledge, only two cases of GCT arising from the median nerve and its branches have been reported in the literature [Table 1].[1],[2] Herein, we document another case of GCT of the median nerve.{Table 1}

A 48-year-old female presented with swelling and difficulty in moving the right upper arm for 15 years. Tingling sensation and paresthesia were noted over median nerve distribution. On examination, a vague mass was palpable in the arm measuring 4 × 4 × 3 cm, which was tender, hard in consistency, fixed to the underlying structure, and free from overlying skin. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an oblong-shaped, encapsulated, heterogeneously enhancing, mild T2-weighted (T2W) hyperintense and T1-weighted (T1W) hypointense lesions measuring 2.3 × 2.4 × 4.4 cm in the right mid-arm along the course of the median nerve. A possibility of neurofibroma was suggested and the patient underwent surgery. Intraoperatively, an 8-cm long segment of the median nerve involvement by the tumor was noted [Figure 1]. It was dissected carefully along with part of the median nerve and sent for pathological examination.{Figure 1}

Cut surface showed partially circumscribed grayish-white, homogenous tumor. Microscopic examination revealed a tumor arranged in varying size lobules separated by dense fibrous stroma, predominantly involving the epineurium, and also extending into the endoneurium of the nerve fascicles at places. These tumor cells were large, polygonal with mild nuclear pleomorphism, vesicular chromatin, and abundant coarse granular eosinophilic cytoplasm. No mitosis, necrosis, or spindle cell component was noted thereby ruling out malignant GCT. On performing immunohistochemistry, the tumor cells were positive for S100 and CD68 [Figure 2] and negative for desmin, vimentin, cytokeratin, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), and CD 34 ruling out myogenic tumors, epithelioid sarcoma, and vascular tumors, respectively. Hence, it was diagnosed as GCT. At 13 months of follow-up, the patient was asymptomatic without any recurrence.{Figure 2}

GCT of the peripheral nerve is an uncommon occurrence.[3] Hence, preoperative diagnosis is difficult. Though peripheral nerve sheath tumors more commonly involve peripheral nerve, a possibility of GCT should be considered, especially when the MRI is suggestive.[4]

A complete excision followed by nerve grafting is associated with a good prognosis and decreased recurrence rate.

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