Sacrococcigeal and vertebral chordomas. Report of three cases and review of the literature

M. Risio, C. Bagliani, R. Leli, P. Digirolamo, M. Del Pero, S. Coverliza

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Three cases of sacrococcygeal and vertebral chordoma are described. Histogenetic and anatomopathological aspects with particular reference to differential diagnosis from similarly distributed neoplasias are discussed. Anti-cytoskeleton monoclonal antibodies were used to this purpose. The clinical profile of sacrococcygeal and vertebral chordomas is characterized by a pronounced metastatic potential; radiation treatment can only partially counter their biological behaviour, while chemotherapy has proved little or no effectiveness. Where possible, radical surgery is currently the only treatment to guarantee long-term survival or complete cure. Palliative surgery, associate with efficient painkilling, offers a better quality of life and slows down the progress of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-227
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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