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The prognostic significance of histomorphometry and immunohistochemistry in giant cell tumors of bone.

Eighty-two cases of giant cell tumor (GCT) were reviewed. Hematoxylin-eosin-and hematoxylin, phloxine, saffron, and alcian green-stained sections (82 cases) were examined for mitotic rate, the number of giant cells, and the pleomorphism of the stromal cells. In 29 cases, the tumor was stained for CD68, alpha 1-antichymotrypsin (AIACT), S100 protein, Muramidase, and von Willebrand factor (factor VIII). The staining properties of mononuclear and multinucleated giant cells were compared. Morphometric analysis was performed on 14 cases with a LECO 2001 computer-assisted image analyzer (LECO Instruments Ltd, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) and included absolute cell count, nuclear area, perimeter, roughness, roundness, and aspect and nuclear versus cytoplasmic ratios, measured both in the stromal cells and giant cells. The cases were divided into four groups: (1) cases with metastasis, (2) cases with recurrence, (3) cases with both metastasis and recurrence, and (4) cases with neither metastasis nor recurrence. Immunohistochemistry revealed a stronger AIACT than muramidase positivity in general. The staining was stronger in stromal cells than in giant cells. Giant cells in all tumors were positive for CD68. Stromal cells showed weaker positivity for the same stain. The number of asymmetrical mitotic figures was significantly greater in group 3 than in group 4 (P < .05). Morphometric assessment has identified a statistically significant difference in the aspect ratio and the roundness of the nuclei between these two groups. The other parameters did not differ significantly. In this article, the significance of these findings in prognostication and the histogenesis of the giant cell tumor are discussed. Their clinical applicability is yet to be determined.[1]


  1. The prognostic significance of histomorphometry and immunohistochemistry in giant cell tumors of bone. Fornasier, V.L., Protzner, K., Zhang, I., Mason, L. Hum. Pathol. (1996) [Pubmed]
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