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Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 378957, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/378957
Review Article

Spinal Chondrosarcoma: A Review

1University Hospital, University of Crete, Heraklion 711 10, Greece
2Department of Histology, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion 710 03, Greece
3Department of Radiology, University Hospital, University of Crete, Heraklion 711 10, Greece

Received 6 September 2010; Accepted 3 January 2011

Academic Editor: Peter Houghton

Copyright © 2011 Pavlos Katonis 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

Chondrosarcoma is the third most common primary malignant bone tumor. Yet the spine represents the primary location in only 2% to 12% of these tumors. Almost all patients present with pain and a palpable mass. About 50% of patients present with neurologic symptoms. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are generally unsuccessful while surgical resection is the treatment of choice. Early diagnosis and careful surgical staging are important to achieve adequate management. This paper provides an overview of the histopathological classification, clinical presentation, and diagnostic procedures regarding spinal chondrosarcoma. We highlight specific treatment modalities and discuss which is truly the most suitable approach for these tumors. Abstracts and original articles in English investigating these tumors were searched and analyzed with the use of the PubMed and Scopus databases with “chondrosarcoma and spine” as keywords.