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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 243243, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/243243
Case Report

The Value of Cryosurgery in Treating a Case of Thoracic Chondrosarcoma

1Departments of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Hospital of Heraklion, Voutes, Heraklion, 71003 Crete, Greece
2Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Heraklion, Voutes, Heraklion, 71003 Crete, Greece
3Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Heraklion, Voutes, Heraklion, 71003 Crete, Greece

Received 11 December 2010; Accepted 10 March 2011

Academic Editor: Shaji Kumar

Copyright © 2011 Kalliopi Alpantaki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Chondrosarcomas of the spine are rare and difficult to treat. In this paper a case of thoracic chondrosarcoma is presented. Chondrosarcomas of the spine are generally smaller, more difficult to excise and are followed by higher local recurrence compared with chondrosarcomas of the peripheral skeleton. The tumor is radio- and chemoresistant, making the surgical treatment of utmost importance. The most important prognostic factor for local control is wide or marginal tumor resection. Our patient was treated in two stages, with total excision of the tumor, using cryosurgery. Liquid nitrogen was used to freeze the damaged tissue at a cellular level and made the excision more efficient.