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Case Reports in Pathology
Volume 2013, Article ID 267194, 3 pages
Case Report

Undifferentiated Spindle-Cell Carcinoma of the Gallbladder: A Report of a Case, an Immunohistochemistry Profile, and a Review of the Literature

1Department of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, P.O. Box 12003, Lagos 100254, Nigeria
2Histopathology Unit, Laboratory Department, King Khalid Hospital, King Abdulaziz Road, P.O. Box 2049, Hail 81461, Saudi Arabia
3Surgery Department, King Khalid Hospital, King Abdulaziz Road, P.O. Box 2049, Hail 81461, Saudi Arabia

Received 14 December 2012; Accepted 17 January 2013

Academic Editors: Y. Nagashima and F. B. Soerensen

Copyright © 2013 Kabir Bolarinwa Badmos 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.


Undifferentiated spindle-cell carcinoma is a rare gallbladder cancer with a worse or similar prognosis to the generally dismal outcome seen in most gallbladder cancer patients. We reported a case of SpCC, stage IV disease that was initially diagnosed as undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma, but deeper sections revealed few clusters of epithelioid clear cells. Although the tumour showed biphasic appearances on haematoxylin and eosin, it exhibited poor protein expression with most sarcoma markers being negative except for focal vimentin positivity. The CEA and CK7 were positive only in the epithelioid clear cell clusters while CD 68 positive was also focally positive in the spindle-cell component. The poor tumour differentiation coupled with advanced stage at presentation was partly responsible for the disease progression and patients' death one year after surgery. Early diagnosis and surgical intervention with better understanding of this tumour biology may offer improved prognosis and survival in this rare cancer.