|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 397-399
Ewing's sarcoma of the vulva: An uncommon tumor in an uncommon site
M C Suresh Babu1, A Sreevalli1, Antony George Francis Thottian1, MN Suma2, D Lokanatha1, Linu Abraham Jacob1, KN Lokesh1, AH Rudresha1, LK Rajeev1, Smitha Saldanha1
1 Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pathology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||12-Feb-2020|
|Date of Decision||05-Apr-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||01-May-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||27-Jun-2020|
Dr. A Sreevalli
Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Babu M C, Sreevalli A, Thottian AG, Suma M N, Lokanatha D, Jacob LA, Lokesh K N, Rudresha A H, Rajeev L K, Saldanha S. Ewing's sarcoma of the vulva: An uncommon tumor in an uncommon site. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2020;41:397-9
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Babu M C, Sreevalli A, Thottian AG, Suma M N, Lokanatha D, Jacob LA, Lokesh K N, Rudresha A H, Rajeev L K, Saldanha S. Ewing's sarcoma of the vulva: An uncommon tumor in an uncommon site. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 9];41:397-9. Available from: http://www.ijmpo.org/text.asp?2020/41/3/397/288097
| Introduction|| |
Extraskeletal Ewing's sarcoma (EES) is an uncommon, aggressive, round cell tumor. It accounts to 16% among Ewing's sarcoma (ES). The most commonly involved sites are soft tissues of trunk or lower extremities, paravertebral tissues, chest wall, and retroperitoneum. EES presenting in the genitourinary tract is highly uncommon. There are very few cases of primary vulvar and vaginal ES which have been published to date. We report a rare case of ES of the vulva that presented with labial swelling.
| Case Presentation|| |
A 53-year-old postmenopausal female with no comorbidities presented with left labial swelling for 5 months. She was evaluated elsewhere and found to have a 3 cm × 3 cm left labial swelling. She underwent excision biopsy of the lesion and was referred to us for further management.
Clinical differential diagnosis of such presentation in this age group?
- Vulvar cysts (Bartholin's cyst)
- Cutaneous adnexal tumors
- Carcinoma of the vulva
Histopathology showed small round blue cells arranged in diffuse sheets intervened by fibrous septae. The cells had minimal cytoplasm, vesicular nuclear chromatin, and inconspicuous nucleoli forming rosettes at places. Mitosis was brisk with areas of necrosis, suggestive of malignant round cell tumor of the left labia. Immunohistochemistry was positive for CD99 and Friend leukemia virus integration 1 (FLI-1) with focal synaptophysin positivity. Ki67 index was 20%. Features were suggestive of ES. Fluoresence in situ hybridisation (FISH) for ES breakpoint region 1 (EWSR1) gene rearrangement was done. Tumor cells were positive for EWSR1 gene translocation (t [22q12]) [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: Histopathology of the resected specimen (a and b) low-power (H and E × 100) and high-power view (H and E × 400), respectively, showing sheets of small round blue cells forming rosettes at places; (c and d) immunohistochemistry showing neoplastic cells positive for CD99 and Friend leukemia virus integration 1, respectively; (e) immunohistochemistry showing neoplastic cells negative for leukocyte common antigen (f) Ki67 index of 20%|
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Percentage of ES with EWS-FLI1?
t (11; 22) (q24; q12) leading to a chimeric transcript EWS-FLI1 is seen in 85% of cases. In 5%–10%, EWS gene is fused with other members of Erythroblast Transformation-Specific (ETS) genes like ETS-related gene (ERG), ETS variant transcription factor 1 (ETV1), ETS variant transcription factor 4 (ETV4) and Fifth Ewing variant (FEV).
Contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis was done and did not show any residual disease, but was suggestive of postoperative changes in the left labia and subcentimetric retroperitoneal and pelvic nodes. Bone scan did not show any tracer uptake in the bones. Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy from the right iliac crest did not show any involvement by the tumor. A diagnosis of ES of Vulva pT1NoMo G3 Stage II was made.
Incidence of ES of vulva?
EES of the female genital tract (FGT) is very rare. The most common sites in FGT were the ovaries followed by uterine body, cervix, vagina, and vulva. Less than 30 cases of ES of the vulva have been reported till date. To the best of our knowledge, we report the 5th case in the country.
The patient was started on VAC/IE (injection vincristine 1.5 mg/m2, injection adriamycin 75 mg/m2, injection cyclophosphamide 1.2 g/m2 (D1)/injection ifosfamide 1.8 g/m2, and injection etoposide 100 mg/m2 (D1–D5) regimen). She has received four cycles of chemotherapy with resolution of iliac lymph nodes on contrast-enhanced computed tomography. She is planned for a total of 17 cycles of chemotherapy.
| Discussion|| |
ES is a highly malignant, small, round cell tumor which originates from primitive neuroectodermal cells first described by James Ewing in 1921. It is predominantly seen in males with a male-to-female ratio of 1.5:1. In general, 20%–30% of patients present with metastases at the time of their diagnosis.
Extraskeletal Ewing's sarcoma (EES) is uncommon. It accounts to 16% among ES. They usually occur in the soft tissue of trunk, lower extremities, paravertebral tissues, chest wall, and retroperitoneum. A few reported rare sites include larynx, nasal cavity, neck, lung, retroperitoneum, mediastinum, and genital tract. EES of the FGT is very rare, and the reported most common sites in FGT were the ovaries followed by the uterine body and less commonly the cervix, vagina, and vulva., EES usually occur in relatively young women; the mean age at the time of the initial diagnosis of previous cases is 27.6 years (median: 26, range: 10–52 years), but our patient was older than this.
The differential diagnosis of these tumors includes other small round blue cell tumors such as rhabdomyosarcoma, lymphoma, small-cell carcinoma (primary or metastatic), melanoma, cutaneous adnexal tumors, and Merkel cell carcinoma.
Demonstration of t(11;22) (q24;q12) chromosomal translocation (EWS-FLI1 gene rearrangement) is highly specific for ES/primitive neuroectodermal tumors since it is seen in more than 90% of the tumors.
The treatment of ES requires a multidisciplinary approach. It includes surgical resection with multiagent chemotherapy. Radiation therapy may be used to improve local control in cases of R1/R2 resection. The multiagent standard chemotherapy regimen typically includes doxorubicin, vincristine, and cyclophosphamide, alternating with ifosfamide and etoposide. Doxorubicin is replaced with actinomycin-D once the cumulative dose of 375 mg/m2 is crossed.
EES has more aggressive behavior and a worse prognosis than their bony counterpart. Reported 5-year survival rate for skeletal ES is around 75% as compared to 38% in extraskeletal counterpart. However, there is favorable outcome for extraosseous ES arising in cutaneous and other superficial site., In the absence of metastatic disease, primary vulvar and vaginal ES neoplasms likely have a more favorable prognosis. Hence, prognosis depends on tumor size, superficial location, early detection, metastasis, and complete surgical removal of the lesion. According to literature in metastatic cases, most patients either died of disease or were alive with disease during their last follow-up. In nonmetastatic lesions, there was survival benefit ranging from 18 to 51 months.
| Conclusion|| |
Early diagnosis and multimodality treatment are necessary for survival benefit. Because of fewer reported cases in literature, it is difficult to draw any conclusion about tumor behavior, epidemiology, or standard management. Hence, studies of more number of cases of primary vulvar ES with longer follow-up periods are needed to clarify the same.
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