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Keywords:

  • CD10;
  • HER2 gene amplification;
  • intestinal mucin phenotype;
  • invasive micropapillary carcinoma;
  • stomach

An 81-year-old man was referred to our hospital because gastric cancer was detected on screening esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Surgical resection of the tumor was performed. It was 25 × 20 mm in size and swollen lymph nodes were present nearby. Lymphadenectomy was also performed. Histopathologically, the tumor reached the proper muscle layer via venous invasion. There were three components that constituted the tumor, that is, 40% of mass was invasive micropapillary carcinoma (IMPC), 40% was papillary adenocarcinoma and 20% tubular adenocarcinoma. Vascular invasion was prominent. Immunohistochemistry revealed that the tumor showed an entirely intestinal mucin phenotype, being positive only for CD10 and negative for MUC2, MUC5AC, and MUC6. HER2 staining score ranged from 2+ to 3+, depending on the components described above. HER2 gene amplification was present in all the components according to dual-color in situ hybridization. The metastatic lymph nodes were similar to the primary site in morphology and immunohistochemistry, but HER2 amplification was higher in the lymph nodes. The IMPC component with HER2 amplification is rarely seen and its positivity for CD10 is an unexpected finding for gastric IMPC. Hence, this is a highly unusual case judging by the literature; further studies are needed to clarify the nature of gastric IMPC.