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Year : 1968  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-45

Embryonal Sarcoma Of The Leg

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J. P Manocha

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Embryonal sarcoma is a type of rhabdomyosarcoma occurring in infancy and childhood. It is a rare tumour and almost equally affects the head and neck, the genitourinary tract and the extremities (Patton and Horn 1962). The rhabdomyosarcoma has been classified on the basis of microscopic appearance, into (i) pleomorphic occurring in 5th and 6th decades, (ii) Alveolar in adolescents and (iii) Embroynal. A variant of embryonal sarcoma, called the butryoid sarcoma by virtue of its grape like gross appearance, occurs at a still younger age and has been reported in submucous regions in the nasopharynx, the common bile duct and the maxillary antrum but never in the extremities (Horn and Enterline 1958). The embryonal sarcoma is a rare lesion affecting more commonly the orbit, the nasopharynx, the urinary bladder, the prostate, the cervix uteri and the parotid area. Out of thirty-three cases of embryonal sarcoma described by Patton and Horn (1962) ten were in the extremities, six in the upper and four in the lower. Out of these four only one case was reported to arise from the leg. A case of embryonal sarcoma of the leg is being reported here because of its rarity and unusual clinical presentation.

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