A case of primary hepatic carcinoid tumor was recently encountered, which was argyrophil and showed positive reactions to serotonin, gastrin and pancreatic peptide in an immunohistochemical hormonal study. The tumor had unusual morphologic features. The neoplastic cells had a signetring cell appearance, similar to the signet-ring cells normally seen in mucin-producing adenocarcinoma. Ultrastructural and immunohistochemical studies revealed the formation of the signetring cells to have been caused by the presence of cytoplasmic inclusions consisting of cytoker- atins. Further investigation, using eight monoclonal antibodies recognizing cytokeratins of different molecular weights, showed the accumulated cytokeratins to be of low and medium molecular weights. The morphologic observations in this unusual case of hepatic carcinoid tumor are described and reported cases with similar features, for which we propose the term “signetring cell carcinoid,” are reviewed.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Japanese journal of clinical oncology|
|Publication status||Published - 1992 Feb|
- Signet-ring cell carcinoid
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cancer Research