Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

, Volume 468, Issue 11, pp 2969–2975 | Cite as

Chondrosarcoma of Bone: Lessons From 46 Operated Cases in a Single Institution

  • Olavo Pires de CamargoEmail author
  • André Mathias Baptista
  • Marcelo Junqueira Atanásio
  • Daniel Reis Waisberg
Symposium: Highlights of the ISOLS/MSTS 2009 Meeting



Bone chondrosarcomas are rare malignant tumors that have variable biologic behavior, and their treatment is controversial. For low-grade tumors, there is no consensus on whether intralesional en bloc resections are the best treatment.


We therefore compared patients with Grade 1 and Grade 2 primary central chondrosarcomas to (1) determine difference in survival and (2) local recurrence rates; and (3) determine any association of histological grade with some clinical and demographic characteristics.


We retrospectively reviewed 46 patients with grade 1 and 2 chondrosarcomas. There were 25 men and 21 women with a mean age of 43 years (range, 17–79 years). Minimum followup was 32 months (mean, 99 months; range, 32–312 months) for the patients who remained alive in the end of the study. Twenty-three of the tumors were intracompartmental (Enneking A); of these, 19 were Grade 1 and 4 were Grade 2. Twenty-three tumors were extracompartmental (Enneking B); of these, 4 were Grade 1 and 19 were Grade 2. Twenty-five patients underwent intralesional resection, 18 had wide resection, and three had amputations.


The overall survival rate was 94% and the disease-free survival rate was 90%. Among the 23 Grade 1 tumors, we observed six local recurrences and none of these patients died; among the 23 Grade 2 tumors, 10 recurred and two patients died. Local recurrence negatively influenced survival.


For lesions with radiographic characteristics of intracompartmental Grade 1 chondrosarcoma, we believe intralesional resection followed by electrocauterization and cement is the best treatment. When the imaging suggests aggressive (Grade 2 or 3) chondrosarcoma, then wide resection is promptly indicated.

Level of Evidence

Level IV, case series. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.


Local Recurrence Histological Grade Chondrosarcomas Local Recurrence Rate Soft Tissue Mass 
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We thank Tomaz Puga Leivas for his contribution in the statistical analysis of this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olavo Pires de Camargo
    • 1
    Email author
  • André Mathias Baptista
    • 2
  • Marcelo Junqueira Atanásio
    • 3
  • Daniel Reis Waisberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Orthopaedic Oncology GroupUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.University of São Paulo Medical SchoolSão PauloBrazil

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