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Primary clear cell chondrosarcoma of the spine: a case report of a rare entity and a review of the literature.
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PMID:  23091759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Chondrosarcoma is the third most common primary malignant bone tumor after osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma. Clear cell chondrosarcoma is a rare subtype variant of chondrosarcoma, most commonly encountered in the proximal part of the femur or humerus. Vertebral involvement is exceedingly rare and shows a predilection for the thoracic spine. We report the case of a woman with clear cell chondrosarcoma of the thoracic spine, which has been surgically excised, and review the pertinent literature (PubMed). Although it has a reasonably benign biological behavior, clear cell chondrosarcoma needs to be treated as a malignancy. The best treatment for spinal chondrosarcoma is surgery. It should be promptly and adequately resected. Gross-total resection should be the ultimate surgical goal. Radiation therapy should also be considered, especially in the case of subtotal resection or inoperable lesions. In conclusion, it is important to keep in mind this entity in the differential diagnosis of spinal tumors, in order to optimize treatment planning. With adequate treatment, local recurrence rates as low as 20% can be achieved.
Nikolaos A Paidakakos; Aristides Rovlias; Evaggelos Rokas; Spyridon Theodoropoulos; Patroklos Katafygiotis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-10-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Case reports in oncological medicine     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  2090-6714     ISO Abbreviation:  Case Rep Oncol Med     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-23     Completed Date:  2012-10-24     Revised Date:  2013-04-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101581035     Medline TA:  Case Rep Oncol Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  693137     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurosurgery, Asclepeion Voulas General Hospital, Vassileos Pavlou 1, Voula, 16673 Athens, Greece.
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