Giant cell tumors of soft tissue are relatively uncommon tumors. They are considered to be the soft tissue counterpart to giant cell tumors of bone. Both tumors consist of multi-nucleated giant cells evenly distributed throughout a background of epithelioid mononuclear cells, and are usually benign, but can be locally invasive. Giant cell tumors of soft tissue typically occur in patients over age 40, and show no gender or racial predilection. They present as firm, well demarcated masses, which are not connected to the underlying muscle, tendon, or bone. Giant cell tumors of soft tissue are generally small, and tend to be less than 10 centimeters. They occur most frequently in the superficial soft tissue of the lower extremities, but may also occur in the in the deep soft-tissue as well as in other locations including the upper extremities, abdomen, and pelvis.
Recommended CitationSchneider, Rachel and O'Hara, Brian J., "Giant Cell Tumor of Soft Tissue: A Case Study" (2014). Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium. Poster 31.