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Extra skeletal ewings sarcoma of small intestine origin: a case report.

INTRODUCTION: Ewing Sarcoma was described by James Ewing [1] in 1921 as an undifferentiated tumor involving the diaphysis of long bones that, in contrast to osteosarcoma, was radiation- sensitive. Although most often a primary bone tumor, ES was also reported to arise in soft tissue (Extraosseous Ewing sarcoma [EES]) [2]

Ewing sarcoma (ES) and peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) were originally described as distinct clinicopathologic entities. [3] However, over the last several decades, it has become clear that these entities comprise the same spectrum of neoplastic diseases known as the Ewing sarcoma family of tumors. Ewing's sarcomas represent 16% of primary bone sarcomas. [4]

Extraosseous Ewing's sarcoma is a rare tumor. Histopathological appearance is similar to those found in Ewing's of bone origin. The annual incidence of extra-osseous Ewing's was 0.2 per million of population between 1970 and 2004. The five-year survival rate for extra-osseous Ewing's was 62%, which is significantly better than previously reported in the literature. Indicators of a poor prognosis were extra-compartment spread of tumour, local recurrence and metastasis.

CASE REPORT: A 25year old female patient presented with mass per abdomen, to surgery OPD at Government General Hospital, Kakinada, East Godavari District in May 2012, which she noted 5 months back. She noticed that the mass was moving along with the change of posture. Mild pain around the umbilical region and decrease in appetite are the only associated features. General examination of the patient was normal.

On local examination, an intra-abdominal mobile firm mass of about 10x6cm with irregular surface is present at umbilical and left lumbar region

Laboratory blood investigations (Hb-10.2%, RBS-106mg/dl, BUN-20mg/dl, serum creatinine- 0.9mg/dl HIV-negative, HbsAg-negative, HCV-negative, BGT-A+ve) and X-rays of abdomen are normal.

Abdominal ultrasound reported as heterogenous lesion, ill-defined noted in the umbilical region-? GIST.




Sections studies from the mass showed sheets of small round cells with scant cytoplasm and round to oval vesicular nuclei. Pseudo-rosette formation is seen at some places. Resected margins free from tumor. Sections from lymphnodes show features of sinus histiocytosis. Immunohisto chemistsy studies showed positive for CD 99 and S 100.

POST OPERATIVE CHEMOTHERAPY- VAC alternating with IE regime is given every 21 days. 9 cycles of VAC and 8 cycles of IE (Total of 17 cycles) are given for a period of 52weeks.

V-VINCRISTINE 2mg IV on day 1

I-IFOSFAMIDE 1800mg/mt2 on days 1-5

A-ADRIAMYCIN 75mg/mt2 IV on day

1 E-ETOPOSIDE 100mg/mt2 on days1-5

C-CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE 1200mg/mt2 IV on day1

DISCUSSION: The Ewing sarcoma family of tumors includes Ewing sarcoma, peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor, neuroepithelioma, atypical Ewing sarcoma, and Askin tumor (Tumor of the chest wall). The tumors in the Ewing sarcoma family are treated similarly on the basis of their clinical presentation (eg, metastatic or localized) rather than their histologic subtype. Translocation t (11; 22) [5-6] or one of a series of related translocations occurs in more than 95% of the Ewing sarcoma family of tumors.

Extraosseous Ewing tumor/pPNET is a very rare lesion demonstrating aggressive behaviour and frequent recurrence. According to case reports, the sites most often affected are the soft tissues of the extremities, chest (Askin's tumor) and retroperitoneum. Additional sites reported are kidney, bladder, external genitalia and more rarely, digestive tract, [7-8] parapharyngeal space, skin, orbit and abdominal wall.

The typical case of ESS is characterized by a solid pattern of small, round, lobulated cells. The individual cell has a round or oval nucleus of 10-15 [micro]m in diameter with fine chromatin and one or two nucleoli. In many cases the cytoplasm is vacuolated as a result of intracellular deposition of glycogen that may compress the nucleus. The clinical picture depends on tumor location and size, mainly manifested by pain and inflammation at the affected area. When the lesion involves peripheral nerves or spinal roots, sensory and motor disturbances occur.

Histological documentation is necessary, and specific staining studies are performed. Electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry as says are used to accurately define this tumor with the presence of structural glycogen in the cell cytoplasm, reaction to transcriptases or the expression of specific proteins in the tumor cell membrane.

The generally suggested treatment for Extra skeletal Ewing's sarcoma lesion is based on the same principles as the treatment suggested for Ewing bone tumor. Early diagnosis is followed by extensive surgery combined with chemotherapy and high-dose radiotherapy for a favourable outcome and low incidence of recurrence. These same principles are implemented in the treatment of extra medullary tumors.

There are reports of neo adjuvant treatment, i.e., initial chemotherapy followed by removal of the lesion and then followed by new cycles of chemo- and radiotherapy. In the literature there are only case presentations. [9] Literature review of EES shows it to be an extremely rare lesion and, for that reason, it is not feasible to carry out comparative studies to determine the most effective multidisciplinary management. Therefore, we do not know if with this type of localized tumor it is feasible to begin with chemotherapy and then follow with surgery and/or radiotherapy, as done in Ewing bone tumors. [10]

Treatment for an unsuspected Ewing's tumor that presents with a mass abdomen and radiological features suggest a Stromal tumor, is extensive tumor resection after intraoperative study of a biopsy of the lesion. If necessary, en bloc removal with adjacent involved organs should be performed to prevent recurrence. Final histopathological results must be awaited for treatment planning to determine the need for chemo and radiotherapy.

CONCLUSION: Extraosseouss Ewing's Sarcoma is a rare tumor. When it occurs in the abdominal cavity, it may show signs and symptoms related to intra-abdominal organs due to their displacement and compression. Diagnosis requires specific immunohistochemical studies. Reported cases and studies to compare the best line of management are very few. Comprehensive treatment should include chemo- and radiotherapy along with surgery.

DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2015/43


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K. S. Satyavani (1), Sriharsha Haranadh (2)


(1.) K. S. Satyavani

(2.) Sriharsha Haranadh


(1.) Assistant Professor, Department of General Surgery, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada.

(2.) Senior Resident, Department of General Surgery, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada.


Dr. K. S. Satyavani, D/No. 45-7-22, Gudimetla Vari Street, Jagannaikpur, Kakinada-533002, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. E-mail:

Date of Submission: 24/12/2014.

Date of Peer Review: 26/12/2014.

Date of Acceptance: 29/12/2014.

Date of Publishing: 05/01/2015.
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Publication:Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
Date:Jan 5, 2015
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