Article ID: 2014-0009
Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS), a rarely observed tumor, is a soft tissue sarcoma with an unidentified cell origin. It constitutes 0.5–1.0% of all soft tissue sarcomas. It may appear in various parts of the body, but mostly observed in the trunk and the extremities. It has a high metastasis potential. To the best of our knowledge, only three cases of primary intracranial ASPS without a demonstrable lesion elsewhere is encountered. An 11-year-old girl was operated because of fronto-parietal mass lesion by craniotomy. Pathological examination revealed ASPS and no primary focus was detected. In spite of radiotherapy and chemotherapy as an adjuvant therapy, after 45 months she had a second operation for recurrence of the tumor. Since it is possible to observe metastases in late phases, up to 30 years, the patients must be followed up for a long period. Although radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed by surgery is the most accepted treatment strategy, the prognosis is still poor.