Staghorn vessels


“Antler-like” or “staghorn-like” appearance.


Case courtesy of Dimitrios Toumpanakis, Radiopaedia.org. From the case rID: 79897

Staghorn vessels
1classically described with solitary fibrous tumors
2staghorn pattern of vascularity
3seen on low-power light microscopy.
4multiple thin-walled, sharply-branched and jagged vessels
5“antler-like” or “staghorn-like” appearance
“Antler-like” or “staghorn-like” appearance.

staghorn vessels are seen:


  1. Solitary fibrous tumour/hemangiopericytoma
  2. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour (MPNST)
  3. Synovial sarcoma
  4. Myofibroma

Other Conditions where this may be seen


  1. Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma.
  2. Infantile fibrosarcoma.
  3. Pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma.
  4. Leiomyosarcoma.
  5. Endometrial stromal sarcoma.
  6. Malignant mesothelioma.
  7. Thymoma
  8. Sarcomatoid carcinoma.
  9. Malignant melanoma.
  10. Glomus tumour

Prominent staghorn blood vessels.


“staghorn-like” appearance.

Metastatic small cell carcinoma of the lung with prominent spindle cell morphology and hemangiopericytoma-like vascular pattern: A sarcoma mimicker – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Prominent-staghorn-blood-vessels_fig2_347492554 [accessed 16 Jan, 2023]


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