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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Jun 15;34(14):E493-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181a8ced8.

Cervical chordoma in childhood without typical vertebral bony destruction: case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Orthopedics, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Case report.

OBJECTIVE:

We present a giant cervical chordoma without typical vertebral bony destruction in an 11-year-old girl.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:

Chordomas are rare malignant bone tumors that arise at both the cranial and the caudal ends of the axial skeleton, characteristically destroying the bone. Cervical chordomas comprise only 3% to 7% of all chordomas. To our knowledge, there is no case of cervical chordoma in a child, presenting without vertebral body involvement, in English literature.

METHODS:

Discussion on the patient's clinical, radiologic history, and histopathologic diagnosis of the resected tumor, with a review of the relevant background literature.

RESULTS:

We report the first case of cervical chordoma in a child without typical vertebral bony destruction, the diagnosis of which was difficult to confirm before and after operation.

CONCLUSION:

Giant notochordal rest and benign notochordal cell tumors (BNCTs) need to be recognized for differential diagnosis of this atypical chordoma. A long-term follow-up might be necessary for the diagnosis of this nontypical patient.

PMID:
19525829
DOI:
10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181a8ced8
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