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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 402313, 6 pages
Case Report

A Unique Case of Primary Ewing’s Sarcoma of the Cervical Spine in a 53-Year-Old Male: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246, USA

Received 28 December 2014; Accepted 10 February 2015

Academic Editor: Thomas R. Chauncey

Copyright © 2015 Marshall T. Holland et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Extraskeletal Ewing’s sarcoma (EES) is a rare presentation, representing only 15% of all primary Ewing’s sarcoma cases. Even more uncommon is EES presenting as a primary focus in the spinal canal. These rapidly growing tumors often present with focal neurological symptoms of myelopathy or radiculopathy. There are no classic characteristic imaging findings and thus the physician must keep a high index of clinical suspicion. Diagnosis can only be definitively made by histopathological studies. In this report, we discuss a primary cervical spine EES in a 53-year-old man who presented with a two-month history of left upper extremity pain and acute onset of weakness. Imaging revealed a cervical spinal canal mass. After undergoing cervical decompression, histopathological examination confirmed a diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma. A literature search revealed fewer than 25 reported cases of primary cervical spine EES published in the past 15 years and only one report demonstrating this pathology in a patient older than 30 years of age . Given the low incidence of this pathology presenting in this age group and the lack of treatment guidelines, each patient’s plan should be considered on a case-by-case basis until further studies are performed to determine optimal evidence based treatment.