84 Rhabdomyosarcoma


Clinical Presentation

A 3-year-old girl presents with a palpable hard lump in the buttock.


Figure 84A


Figure 84B

Radiologic Findings

Axial T1-weighted MRI before (Fig. 84A) and after (Fig. 84B) gadolinium enhancement shows a solid mass merging with the medial aspect of the left gluteus maximus muscle. This mass shows moderate heterogeneous enhancement after gadolinium administration.



Differential Diagnosis

  • Hemangioma (presents in infancy with a soft vascular mass)
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma (usually manifests in infancy as a mixed cystic-calcific presacral mass)
  • Pelvic neuroblastoma (is often calcified and is also presacral in location)
  • Lymphoma (rare <7 years of age, and seldom manifests as a focal lump)
  • Pseudotumorous cystitis (an uncommon manifestation of bladder inflammation)



Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, representing 5 to 8% of all childhood cancers. Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common malignant neoplasm of the pelvis in children, with a quarter of rhabdomyosarcoma cases affecting the genitourinary tract. These tumors can arise anywhere in the pelvis but in boys tend to occur predominantly in the bladder, prostate, and para-testicular sites (a so-called paratesticular location is applied to tumors arising in the spermatic cord, testis, epididymis, and penis). Paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma accounts for 12% of scrotal tumors in childhood. The uterus and the vagina, in particular, are the more commonly affected organs in girls. Site of origin is critically important in determining prognosis in children with rhabdomyosarcoma. Tumors in the bladder/prostate area, for example, have a worse prognosis than the other genitourinary sites. Spread of disease is usually to regional lymph nodes initially, and it is important that these areas are scrutinized closely at all radiologic examinations. Routine staging at presentation with chest CT

Dec 21, 2015 | Posted by in PEDIATRIC IMAGING | Comments Off on 84 Rhabdomyosarcoma
Premium Wordpress Themes by UFO Themes