Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

: 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 927--930

Liposarcoma scroti: A rare tumor

Rajul Rastogi1, PK Karan2, Anubhav Sarikwal1, Vaibhav Rastogi1,  
1 Yash Diagnostic Center, Yash Hospital and Research Center, Civil Lines, Moradabad (UP), India
2 Vivekanand Hospital and Research Center, Kanth Road, Moradabad (UP), India

Correspondence Address:
Rajul Rastogi
Yash Hospital & Research Center, Civil Lines, Kanth Road, Moradabad (UP)


Malignant extratesticular tumors (EXTT) are rare. Majority of EXTT are benign; lipoma being the commonest. Most of the malignant tumors are solid and have nonspecific features on ultrasonography (US). Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are more helpful. The authors report a rare case of liposarcoma of scrotum that was suspected on ultra­sonography and computed tomography and confirmed on histopathology.

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Rastogi R, Karan P K, Sarikwal A, Rastogi V. Liposarcoma scroti: A rare tumor.Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2010;21:927-930

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Majority of the malignant extratesticular tu­mors (EXTT) arise from spermatic cord. Sarco­mas are the commonest malignant tumors with rhabdomyosarcoma being commonest in children and liposarcoma in adults. [1] But leiomyosarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, mesothelioma and lymphoma also occur in scrotum. Liposar­coma is a rarely reported tumor of scrotum. [2]

 Case Report

A 48 year old male presenting with a painless scrotal enlargement since 4-6 months came for scrotal US. Clinical examination revealed en­largement of the left scrotal sac with soft to firm palpable nontender mass separable from testis. History of removal of fatty scrotal tumor 7-8 years ago was given, but no medical records were available to support the same. Rest of the clinical examination and laboratory tests were unremarkable.

US scrotum revealed a large, solid extrates­ticular mass in the left scrotal sac with pre­served left testis and left epididymis [Figure 1]. The mass had two components-one was homo­geneously echogenic while the other part con­sisted of hypoechoic nodules interspersed in an echogenic background [Figure 2]. Evidence of high vascularity with moderate PSV and low RI and PI was noted especially in between the nodules suggesting malignant pattern of blood flow [Figure 3]. Based on the US findings and previous history of removal of fatty tumor, diag­nosis of liposarcoma was suggested. Right scrotal sac, bilateral inguinal region and abdomen US were unremarkable. Noncontrast CT of the ab­domen and scrotum revealed a large, lipoma­tous tumor in the left scrotal sac, extratesticular in location with irregular sheet like and nodular areas of soft tissue attenuation [Figure 4],[Figure 5]. No evidence of omental herniation or calcification was noted. Hence, a diagnosis of liposarcoma scroti possibly secondary to malignant degene­ration of lipoma was suggested.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}

The patient underwent hemiscrotectomy along with radical excision of the soft tissues of the inguinal region and inguinal nodes on left side. Surgery revealed a bulky tumor with yellowish color arising from the spermatic cord with no involvement of testis and epididymis. Histopa­thology revealed a well differentiated liposar­coma of the spermatic cord with no evidence of tumoral involvement of inguinal soft tissues and lymph nodes. As a tumor free margin of more than 2 cm was achieved, adjuvant radio-therapy was not advised. Six month follow up of the patient was unremarkable.


Besides the testis, the scrotum contains epidi­dymis, spermatic cord and fascia that accom­pany the testis during the embryologic journey from pelvis in to the scrotum. Majority of the tumor arising from these extratesticular structures are benign and arise from spermatic cord; li­poma being the commonest. [1] More than 80% of the spermatic cord tumors are also benign. [2] More than 50% of the spermatic cord tumors are malignant, if lipoma is excluded. [3] Most co­mmon malignant tumors are sarcomas; rhabdo­myosarcoma in children and liposarcoma in adults. [4] Majority of these sarcoma arise just inferior to superficial inguinal ring, hence they present mainly as scrotal rather than as abdo­minal masses. [1]

Liposarcoma is a solid, bulky lipomatous tu­mor with heterogeneous architecture, often con­taining areas of calcification and appear yel­lowish on gross appearance. [5] They often occur in the middle aged and elderly. [2],[5] It represents 10-20% of all malignant EXTT. [2],[6]

US appearance though variable and nonspe­cific but gives a clue about the presence of lipo­matous matrix. [4],[7] It shows echogenic areas cor­responding to fat often with poor sound trans­mission with areas of heterogeneous echoge­nicity corresponding to nonlipomatous compo­nent. CT and MR imaging are more specific, as they can easily recognize fatty component along with other soft tissue component. [4],[8]

An association of the scrotal liposarcoma has been reported with multiple liposarcoma of the retroperitoneum in a case of multicentric lipo­sarcoma. [9] This association makes scrutiny of entire abdomen mandatory in such cases.

Other non-lipomatous malignant tumors that are included in the differential diagnosis in­clude lymphoma, malignant fibrous histiocyto­ma, mesothelioma, etc. [1] Mesothelioma is often associated with hydrocele and lymphoma may show tell tale signs elsewhere in the body.

Majority of liposarcoma arising from cord are well differentiated and the treatment of choice is hemiscrotectomy with wide excision of the inguinal soft tissues and nodes especially if the tumor margins are ill-defined to prevent tumor recurrences. Round cell type is poorly differen­tiated and is highly metastatic. Recurrences are seen in a quarter of patients and metastases are seen in one tenth patients with spermatic cord liposarcoma through lymphatic or hematoge­nous route. [5],[6] If the sufficient tumor free margin could not be achieved, adjuvant radiotherapy co­vering the inguinal region and scrotum should be considered. [2]

To summarize, though most of the extratesti­cular tumors are benign, yet any painless echo­genic mass with heterogeneous architecture on US and relative high vascularity should arouse the suspicion of liposarcoma. CT and MR ima­ging can be used as a problem solving tool in difficult cases by adding more confidence in recognizing fat and other soft tissue component separately, simultaneously ruling out true lipo­ma and omental hernia.


We are highly thankful to Mr. Shivam and Ms. Anju for their kind help in acquisition of images.


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