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Ewing’s Sarcoma Masquerading as Osteomyelitis

Ewing’s Sarcoma is a type of bone cancer that is more common among children than it is among adults. Most often, it affects adolescents between the age of 10 and 20. It is said to occur in about one teenager in 50,000 and accounts for about 30 percent of bone cancers in children.

This cancer, most often, is found in the arms and legs, particularly the thigh bone. Ewing’s Sarcoma can also affect muscle and soft tissues surrounding the tumor. Undiagnosed Ewing’s Sarcoma cells, left untreated, can spread to other areas of the body including bone marrow and lungs.

The most common symptoms of Ewing’s Sarcoma include:

Pain, swelling and redness around the site of the tumor

Fever

Exhaustion

Weight loss and decreased appetite

Symptoms of nerve compression such as numbness, tingling or paralysis.

Sometimes Ewing’s Sarcoma can be diagnosed during a physical exam. But almost always, the doctor will order several additional tests to confirm Ewing’s Sarcoma. The disease may be diagnosed through a bone scan, which is a nuclear imaging method to detect bone diseases and tumors. A CT scan can detect any cancer that may have spread to the lungs. An MRI uses magnets to produce detailed image of the bodies. MRIs are often used to scan the body for tumors because they produce better images than X-rays. A routine blood test including a complete blood count will show any abnormalities in the blood. The doctor may also order a biopsy to determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant (cancerous).

Treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma may include several approaches including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Treatment depends on where the cancer is located, how far the cancer has spread, the stage of the disease and the age and general health of the patient.

There is a good chance of survival when Ewing’s Sarcoma is promptly diagnosed and treated. But unfortunately, there are times when doctors fail to recognize even the most common symptoms of this cancer. Misdiagnosis can occur in cases where the doctor is not familiar with the symptoms of childhood cancer or misinterprets the symptoms. Sometimes, doctors do not order the tests and follow-ups that are needed to confirm Ewing’s Sarcoma because of the way the healthcare system works or the costs associated with these tests.

If you have lost a child because of failure to diagnose Ewing’s Sarcoma,
We will fight for your legal rights and make sure you get fair compensation for your loss and damages.