Among seven patients with-extraskeletal mesenchymal chondrosarcoma (EMC), three children (aged 3-6 years) developed EMC in a central location and four adults (aged 38-54 years) developed EMC in both central and peripheral sites. Conventional radiography and tomography and computed tomography (CT) depicted EMC as a soft-tissue mass with ring, arc, stippled, and highly opaque calcifications in four patients. Contrast-enhanced CT showed lobulation and peripheral tumoral enhancement, sometimes with central low-attenuation areas. On magnetic resonance (MR) images, EMC was a tabulated mass with high signal intensity on T2-weighted images and enhancement with low-signal-intensity focal areas on contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images. All adults developed recurrences and/or metastases and died. Of the three children, two were living and free of disease at the end of the study and the third child died of chemotherapeutic-induced leukemia. Although imaging features of EMC are nonspecific, its chondroid-type calcifications and foci of low signal intensity within enhancing lobules may reflect its dual histopathologic morphologic characteristics of differentiated cartilage islands interspersed within vascular undifferentiated mesenchyme.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology