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Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 115-119

Clear Cell Chondrosarcoma of Bone

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Oncology Service, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2AP, UK

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Purpose. Clear cell chondrosarcoma is a rare variant of chondrosarcoma. Six cases are herein reported.

Subjects. We have treated six patients with clear cell chondrosarcoma in the past 28 years, representing 1.6% of all chondrosarcomas seen in this time period.

Results and Discussion. Half the patients had been initially underdiagnosed and inappropriately treated.

Conclusions. Our results and our review of the literature highlight the fact that inadequate initial treatment leads to a high rate of both local recurrence and metastasis whilst wide initial excision is usually curative.