Primary primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the conus medullaris in an elderly patient: A case report and review of the literature

H. Shimosawa, Morio Matsumoto, H. Yabe, M. Mukai, Y. Toyama, H. Morioka

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Abstract

Primary spinal primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) are very rare conditions. Most of these tumors occur in children and young adults. A 63-year-old man with a primary spinal PNET in the conus medullaris from the L1 to L2 level is presented in this report. The optimal treatment of primary spinal PNETs is yet unknown. Surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy have been advocated for the treatment of spinal PNET based on PNETs at other sites. However, the outcome is very poor. There are a few reports of cases with long-term survival and no recurrence. In these patients, en bloc resections were performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalCase Reports in Oncology
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May

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Keywords

  • Conus medullaris
  • Elderly patient
  • Ewing's sarcoma family of tumors
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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