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Chondrosarcoma of Petrous Apex

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This axial T2-weighted MR image shows a high signal lesion in the petrous apex region, also involving the clivus. The lesion is expansile and there is evidence of bone destruction. Histopathology demonstrated chondrosarcoma.

Chondrosarcomas of the skull base are typically off-midline, destructive lesions with high T2 signal and strong but heterogeneous contrast-enhancement. Approximately 50% demonstrate chondroid matrix calcification (best seen on CT).

Skull base chondrosarcoma has a better prognosis than skull base chordoma, with an 80% 5-year progression-free survival after resection and radiotherapy.

Chondrosarcoma of Petrous Apex Chondrosarcoma of Petrous Apex Reviewed by Radiology Madeeasy on March 12, 2018 Rating: 5
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