Retrospective analysis of ploidy in primary osseous and extraosseous Ewing family tumors in children

Daniela Perotti, Valentina Corletto, Roberto Giardini, Antonina Parafioriti, Franca Fossati-Bellani, Roberto Luksch

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Aims: To restrospectively study the DNA content in a series of childhood Ewing Family Tumors (EFT), and to investigate its prognostic value. Methods: The study was performed on a series of 27 EFTs (osseous Ewing's sarcoma, 18 cases; extraossous Ewing's sarcoma, 2; peripheral neuroepithelioma, 4; Askin Rosai tumors, 3). Ploidy was investigated using both flow cytometry (FCM) and image cytometry (ICM) on tumor cell suspensions from formalin-fixed paraffin- embedded specimens or fresh frozen tissue obtained from the primary tumor at diagnosis. Results: Ploidy was evaluable by FCM in all cases, and by ICM in 23/27. When fresh frozen tissue and paraffin-embedded samples from the same tumor were available for analysis, they yielded equal results. The rate of agreement between FCM and ICM was 82%. The majority of cases were diploid, and in the present series aneuploidy seemed to be associated with a poor outcome. Conclusions: These results suggest that aneuploidy could be an indicator of a bad prognosis in EFT; however, the small number of cases precludes any conclusion of statistical value. Larger restrospective studies on ploidy using archival material could be performed and their reliability is supported by the concordance of results from fresh and formalin-fixed tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-498
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998


  • Ewing family tumors
  • Ploidy
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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