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Spinal chondrosarcoma arising from a solitary lumbar osteochondroma

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C Ruivo ,

Medical Imaging Department and Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital of Coimbra, Portugal
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M A Hopper

Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Abstract

Chondrosarcoma is a primary malignant neoplasm of cartilage-forming cells that rarely involves the axial skeleton, typically affecting skeletally mature patients. It may arise as a primary bone tumour or as a secondary lesion from a pre-existing benign cartilaginous neoplasm such as an osteochondroma or enchondroma.
We report the case of a 68-year-old female who presented with a mildly painful paraspinal mass lesion as a result of malignant degeneration of a previously unknown solitary lumbar osteochondroma into a large chondrosarcoma. The characteristic imaging findings on cross-sectional imaging techniques are reviewed and illustrated, along with an outline of relevant clinical and therapeutic aspects.

Keywords: Chondroma  
How to Cite: Ruivo, C. & Hopper, M.A., (2014). Spinal chondrosarcoma arising from a solitary lumbar osteochondroma. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 97(1), pp.21–24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.743
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Published on 09 Jan 2014.
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