Cranial chondrosarcoma and recurrence

Orin G. Bloch, Brian J. Jian, Isaac Yang, Seunggu J. Han, Derick Aranda, Brian J. Ahn, Andrew T. Parsa

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The literature regarding recurrences in patients with cranial chondrosarcoma is limited to small series performed at single institutions, raising the question if these data precisely reflect the true recurrence of this tumor for guiding the clinician in the management of these patients. An extensive systematic review of the English literature was performed. The patients were stratified according to treatment modality, treatment history, histological subtype, and histological grade, and the recurrence rates were analyzed. A total of 560 patients treated for cranial chondrosarcoma were included. Five-year recurrence rate among all patients was 22% with median follow-up of 60 months and median disease-free interval of 16 months. Tumor recurrence was more common in patients who only received surgery or had mesenchymal subtype tumors. Our systematic review closely reflects the actuarial recurrence rate and provides predictive factors in the recurrence of cranial chondrosarcoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalSkull Base
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cranial chondrosarcoma
  • Recurrence
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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