Alveolar soft part sarcoma
Other Names for this Disease
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soft tissue sarcoma. Although it has been described in a variety of locations, it most commonly develops on the lower extremities in adults and in the head and neck region of children. ASPS generally presents as a soft, pain-less lump that is often not associated with any additional signs and symptoms. In many cases, the condition is not diagnosed until the affected person develops symptoms of metastasis to other sites such as the lungs, bones, central nervous system and/or liver. The underlying cause of ASPS is poorly understood. Most cases occur sporadically in people with no family history of the condition. ASPS is generally treated with surgery; radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be considered if the tumor returns.Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a rare, slow-growing
Last updated: 3/17/2016
- Keila Torres, MD, PhD and Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD. Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma. The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. December 2010; http://sarcomahelp.org/asps.html#tpm1_1.
- Justine K Walker, MD. Nonrhabdomyosarcoma Soft Tissue Sarcomas. Medscape Reference. May 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/991351-overview.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- The The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative offers an information page on Alveolar soft part sarcoma. Please click on the link to access this resource.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Alveolar soft part sarcoma. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.