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Daniel K. Fahim, M.D.
Keyne K. Johnson, M.D.
William E. Whitehead, M.D.
Daniel J. Curry, M.D.
Thomas G. Luerssen, M.D.
Andrew Jea, M.D.

Periosteal_chondroma_of_the_pediatric_by_DK_FahimThe authors document an even more infrequent occurrence of a recurrent periosteal chondroma in the cervical spine of a 6-year-old boy. During the operation, a giant (> 7 cmin diameter) periosteal chondroma with involvement of the C-5 and C-6 vertebral bodies was resected. The vertebral column was reconstructed with anterior-posterior instrumentation. The pathological examination revealed that the tumor consisted of chondroid tissue with typical chondrocytes, confirming the diagnosis of periosteal chondroma.(DOI: 10.3171/2008.11.PEDS08231)

Key Words • cervical spine • chondroma • pediatric neurosurgery •spinal instrumentation

Chondromas are benign tumors of cartilaginous tissue. They fall into a spectrum of benign cartilaginous tumors that includes chondromas (enchondromas orperiosteal chondromas), osteochondromas, chondroblastomas,and chondromyxoid fibromas. Chondromas may present as a single lesion or multifocal lesions. Chondromas may demonstrate metaplasia or malignant degenerationto chondrosarcoma.


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