Central nervous system primitive neuroectodermal tumor of spinal cord developing 20 years after curative treatment of pineal tumor.

Abstract

A 65-year-old male who had previously received curative treatment for a pineal tumor presented with an extremely rare case of primary central nervous system (CNS) primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) of the spinal cord manifesting as progressive tetraparesis. Although the histology was not verified, highly radiosensitive tumor was suspected because of the benign clinical course for over 20 years after only radiation therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated an intramedullary tumor extending from C5 to T1. He underwent partial resection and histological examination revealed blue tumor with undifferentiated small round cells. Immunohistochemically, c-kit was negative but CD99 was strongly and diffusely positive. Therefore, rearrangement of the Ewing sarcoma gene was examined to determine the presence of peripheral type of PNET. The results were negative and systemic workup revealed no other disease. These findings led to the diagnosis of primary intramedullary CNS PNET of the spinal cord, and suggested that the spinal cord tumor occurred independently of the prior pineal disease. The residual tumor was controlled by postoperative local radiation therapy.

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@article{Fujisawa2011CentralNS, title={Central nervous system primitive neuroectodermal tumor of spinal cord developing 20 years after curative treatment of pineal tumor.}, author={Hironori Fujisawa and Takuro Kaneko and Yasuo Tohma and Shinya Kida and Yasuharu Kaizaki}, journal={Neurologia medico-chirurgica}, year={2011}, volume={51 8}, pages={596-9} }