Home > Journals > Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences > Past Issues > Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2011 December;55(4) > Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2011 December;55(4):387-9





A Journal on Neurosurgery

Indexed/Abstracted in: e-psyche, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Neuroscience Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,651




Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2011 December;55(4):387-9

language: English

Parasellar myxoid chondrosarcoma: a rare variant of cranial chondrosarcoma

Arpino L., Capuano C., Gravina M., Franco A.

Department of Neurosurgery, San Giovanni Bosco Hospital, Naples, Italy


Primary cranial chondrosarcoma in an uncommon cartilaginous tumours of which the myxoid variant is the least reported in the literature. This tumour accounts for 0.15% of all primary intracranial lesions and 6% of all skull base tumours. Chondrosarcomas are frequently misdiagnosed as chordomas, which have a different prognosis. Differential diagnosis is very important because, when treated with similar aggressive treatment strategies, chondrosarcoma has a much better prognosis than chordoma. We describe a 54-year-old female with a 9-month history of left ophtalmoplegia and increasing headache. MR imaging of the head showed a sellar and left parasellar mass. We performed a gross total removal of the mass via a left pterional approach. The histopathologic diagnosis was of a myxoid chondrosarcoma. A post-operative contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan of the head showed a total removal of the neoplasm. After surgery, the patient showed a transitory dysphasia with right hemiparesis, but they both considerably improved before discharge. Review of the literature was identified using the Medline database: only 10 cases in the worldwide literature were identified to report on this kind of tumour. We present a case report of myxoid chondrosarcoma, a rare variant of chondrosarcoma, with sellar and left parasellar localization. This histopathological type is a low-grade variant and its total removal is effective.

top of page

Publication History

Cite this article as

Corresponding author e-mail