Primary endodermal sinus tumor presenting with spinal cord compression. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1997 Jan;86(1):151-3. doi: 10.3171/jns.1997.86.1.0151.


Endodermal sinus tumor is an uncommon malignant germ-cell neoplasm. These tumors usually present in childhood or young adulthood as testicular or ovarian masses; however, mediastinal and intracranial tumors have been described. The authors report the occurrence of a primary paraspinal endodermal sinus tumor in a 21-month-old boy who presented with thoracic spinal cord compression. A review of the literature failed to reveal a similar case. The clinical presentation, radiographic characteristics, operative findings, and patient outcome are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Endodermal Sinus Tumor / complications
  • Endodermal Sinus Tumor / diagnosis*
  • Endodermal Sinus Tumor / surgery
  • Epidural Neoplasms / complications
  • Epidural Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Epidural Neoplasms / surgery
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord Compression / etiology*