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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Jun 15;32(14):E394-6.

Coccydynia due to a benign notochordal cell tumor.

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Trauma Department, Hannover Medical School, Germany. Haasper.carl@mh-hannover.de

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Case report.

OBJECTIVE:

To present a rare case of a notochordal cell tumor.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

We report on a 27-year-old female patient with pain at the lower back and muscle cramps in the area of the right hip. Image studies demonstrated a cystic lesion of the coccyx.

METHODS:

As clinical symptoms became chronic and were resistant to conservative treatment, a resection of the coccyx was performed.

RESULTS:

Histology revealed an intraosseous benign notochordal cell tumor. This tumor represents a recently described notochordal cell proliferation biologically distinct from chordomas.

CONCLUSIONS:

Overdiagnosis of these notochordal cell proliferations as chordomas may occur if clinicians and pathologists are unfamiliar with the spectrum of notochordal proliferations.

PMID:
17572612
DOI:
10.1097/BRS.0b013e318067e33a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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