Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of bone harboring an ALK gene amplification.Pathol Res Pract 2019; :152535PR
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a neoplastic proliferation of myofibroblastic/fibroblastic cells with a variable admixture of inflammatory cells. It primarily affects soft tissue and viscera of children and young adults. IMT occurring in bone is extremely rare. Approximately 50% of IMTs carry a clonal rearrangement of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene, while other receptor tyrosine kinase gene rearrangements have been seen in a small subset of IMT. Herein, we report the first case of IMT which harbors an ALK gene amplification rather than a rearrangement thus resulting in overexpression of the protein, arising from the femur of a 24-year-old man. Our case provides a novel pathogenesis for IMT. An overview of cytogenetic abnormalities of IMT is also integrated into this report.