Ewing Sarcoma of the Spine

Raphaële Charest-Morin, Michael S. Dirks, Shreyaskumar Patel, Stefano Boriani, Alessandro Luzzati, Michael G. Fehlings, Charles G. Fisher, Mark B. Dekutoski, Richard Williams, Nasir A. Quraishi, Ziya L. Gokaslan, Chetan Bettegowda, Niccole M. Germscheid, Peter P. Varga, Laurence D. Rhines

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Study Design. Multicenter, ambispective observational study. Objective. To quantify mortality and local recurrence after surgical treatment of spinal Ewing sarcoma (ES) and to determine whether an Enneking appropriate procedure and surgical margins (en bloc resection with wide/marginal margins) are associated with improved prognosis. Summary of Background Data. Treatment of primary ES of the spine is complex. Ambiguity remains regarding the role and optimal type of surgery in the treatment of spinal ES. Methods. The AOSpine Knowledge Forum Tumor developed a multicenter database including demographics, diagnosis, treatment, mortality, and recurrence rate data for spinal ES. Patients were stratified based on surgical margins and Enneking appropriateness. Survival and recurrence were analyzed using Kaplan-Meier curves and log-rank tests. Results. Fifty-eight patients diagnosed with primary spinal ES underwent surgery. Enneking appropriateness of surgery was known for 55 patients; 24 (44%) treated Enneking appropriately (EA) and 31 (56%) treated Enneking inappropriately (EI). A statistically significant difference in favor of EA-treated patients was found with regards to survival (P-=-0.034). Neoadjuvant and postoperative chemotherapy was significantly associated with increased survival (P-=-0.008). Local recurrence occurred in 22% (N-=-5) of patients with an EA procedure versus 38% (N-=-11) of patients with an EI procedure. The timing of chemotherapy treatment was significantly different between the Enneking cohorts (P-<-0.001) and all EA-treated patients received chemotherapy treatment. Although, local recurrence was not significantly different between Enneking cohorts (P-=-0.140), intralesional surgical margins and patients who received a previous spine tumor operation were associated with increased local recurrence (P-=-0.025 and P-=-0.018, respectively). Conclusion. Surgery should be undertaken when an en bloc resection with wide/marginal margins is feasible. An EA surgery correlates with improved survival, but the impact of other prognostic factors needs to be evaluated. En bloc resection with wide/marginal margins is associated with local control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-629
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2018


  • Enneking classification
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • en bloc resection
  • intralesional resection
  • local recurrence
  • spinal tumor
  • surgery
  • surgical margins
  • survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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