Ewing sarcoma and primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the esophagus: Report of a case and review of literature

Andrew D. Johnson, Stefan E. Pambuccian, Rafael S. Andrade, Michelle M. Dolan, Deniz L Aslan

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This study presents a case of Ewing sarcoma and primitive neuroectodermal tumor arising in the esophagus of a 44-year-old woman who presented with progressive dysphagia. Imaging studies demonstrated a polypoid lesion in the esophagus. The tumor was characterized by corded and pseudopapillary architecture, cytologic monotony, and low proliferative activity. Immunohistochemical stains were positive for CD99, neuron-specific enolase, vimentin, cyclin D1, p53, and FLI1 gene product. Fluorescence in situ hybridization demonstrated a 22q12 translocation, associated with primitive neuroectodermal tumor in the tumor cells, whereas reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction conformed expression of Ewing sarcoma/FLI1 fusion transcript in the patientg's bone marrow aspirate. Although this is a rare site for this type of tumor to occur, primitive neuroectodermal tumor should be considered in the differential diagnosis of mesenchymal tumors of the esophagus. Genetic analysis is crucial to establish the diagnosis and can be successfully performed on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded material and hematopoietic tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-393
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Surgical Pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • esophagus
  • fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • immunohistochemistry
  • primitive neuroectodermal tumor


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