EUS-FNA for the Diagnosis of Retroperitoneal Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Sofi, Aijaz A A; Thekdi, Ashish D; Nawras, Ali


  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is a rare "small round blue cell tumor" that is diagnosed by open biopsy or percutaneous biopsy of the lesion under radiologic guidance. In this case report, we present a novel approach to the diagnosis of a retroperitoneal PNET by endoscopic ultrasound- (EUS-) guided fine needle aspiration (FNA). A 35-year-old man presented with the history of left-sided flank pain and swelling of 3-weeks duration. Computerized tomography (CT) scan of his abdomen revealed a 12.8 × 13 × 12.5 cm cystic and solid mass arising from the retroperitoneum and displacing the third and fourth portions of the duodenum. He underwent EUS which revealed a well-circumscribed heterogeneous mass abutting the inferior portion of the stomach. EUS-FNA of the mass revealed malignant cells consistent with primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)/Ewing's sarcoma. EUS-guided FNA is an appropriate technique for diagnosing retroperitoneal PNET/Ewing's sarcoma.


publication date

  • 2011

published in

start page

  • 198029


  • 2011