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Ewing's tumor of sacrum is rare, but should be suspected in low backache in children. MRI can identify cases early and enables early treatment though it is not specific.






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Sacral Ewing`s Sarcoma and Challenges in it`s Diagnosis on MRI

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Abstract
A 15-yr old boy presented with low backache for 4 months associated with weakness of left lower limb. MRI of lumbosacral spine showed a sacral lesion with intraspinal and presacral soft tissue extension with neural compression. A diagnosis of tuberculosis was considered in the view of high prevalence in this part of the world, however biopsy revealed Ewing`s sarcoma. Ewing`s tumor of sacrum is rare, but should be suspected in low backache in children. Differential diagnosis for a sacral lesion includes tuberculosis, pyogenic osteomyelitis, lymphoma, chordoma, osteosarcoma and Ewing`s sarcoma. MRI is sensitive in detecting these lesions but is nonspecific requiring histopathological examination for confirmation.






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