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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 7495695, 6 pages
Case Report

Sarcomatoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity: A Diagnostic Dilemma

1Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India
2Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India
3Department of Oral Pathology, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India
4Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Correspondence should be addressed to Anshul Mahajan; moc.liamtoh@najahamluhsna

Received 15 August 2017; Accepted 14 November 2017; Published 17 December 2017

Academic Editor: Luis M. J. Gutierrez

Copyright © 2017 Anshul Mahajan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sarcomatoid carcinoma (SC) is a rare variant of squamous cell carcinoma which is characterized by a dysplastic epithelial component and a stromal element with invasive fusiform or spindle-shaped cells. The clinical and histopathologic characteristics make it very difficult to distinguish SC from epithelioid sarcoma (ES). We present a case of a 51-year-old man with a soft tissue mass in the oral cavity diagnosed as proximal variant of epithelioid sarcoma on incisional biopsy. A thorough radiologic examination was conducted to rule out the possibility of a primary elsewhere in the body. Supraomohyoid neck dissection, mandibular resection, and reconstruction with recon plates were carried out. Histopathologic examination was suggestive of epithelioid variant of SC which was contrary to the incisional biopsy report. The dilemma in diagnosis was resolved by observing the presence of invading atypical epithelial cells into the stroma confirming the epithelial origin of the tumor.