Endocrine Pathology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 33–36 | Cite as

An Extraordinary Case of Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma Metastasis in the Thyroid

  • Santiago Ortiz
  • Francisco Tortosa
  • Manuel Sobrinho Simões


Secondary tumours of the thyroid gland account for 1.25 to 3 % in clinical series and reach 24 % in autopsy series. Chondrosarcoma is a rare malignant mesenchymal tumour of chondrogenic nature; the mesenchymal variant represents less than 3 % of all chondrosarcomas, being therefore extremely rare. A mesenchymal chondrosarcoma metastasis in the thyroid is exceptional; to our knowledge, only three previous cases of chondrosarcoma metastasis in the thyroid have been reported to date but none of such cases corresponded to a mesenchymal chondrosarcoma. We present the first of such a case in a 27-year-old woman with a 4-year history of mesenchymal chondrosarcoma of the sacrum that was treated by surgery and chemotherapy. At the present admission, head and neck computed tomography revealed a well-defined nodule in the thyroid gland. The diagnosis of metastasis from the mesenchymal chondrosarcoma was made in the right lobectomy specimen.


Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma Metastasis Thyroid Tumour Sarcoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Santiago Ortiz
    • 1
  • Francisco Tortosa
    • 1
  • Manuel Sobrinho Simões
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, EPE—Hospital de Santa MariaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.IpatimupPortoPortugal

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