Skeletal Radiology

, 40:1375

Primary synovial chondrosarcoma of the hip joint in a 45-year-old male: case report and literature review

  • Leon David Rybak
  • Lubna Khaldi
  • James Wittig
  • German C. Steiner
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00256-011-1172-9

Cite this article as:
Rybak, L.D., Khaldi, L., Wittig, J. et al. Skeletal Radiol (2011) 40: 1375. doi:10.1007/s00256-011-1172-9


Synovial chondrosarcoma is a rare tumor, seen most commonly arising from antecedent synovial chondromatosis, the more common benign entity. The distinction between the two can be difficult on the basis of clinical, imaging, and histologic criteria. The authors report a case of pathologically proven synovial chondrosarcoma of the hip in a 45-year-old male initially treated for presumed synovial chondromatosis. The case is made more unusual by the fact that no evidence of co-existent synovial chondromatosis was noted at histology. The literature as regards synovial chondrosarcoma, both de novo and secondary cases, is reviewed.


Synovial chondrosarcomaSynovial chondromatosisIntraarticular soft tissue massMRIHistology

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon David Rybak
    • 1
  • Lubna Khaldi
    • 2
  • James Wittig
    • 3
  • German C. Steiner
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyNYU Hospital for Joint DiseasesNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistopathologyUniversity Hospital of LarissaLarissaGreece
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryMount Sinai Hospital Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineNYU Hospital for Joint DiseasesNew YorkUSA