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Hemorrhagic chondroid chordoma mimicking pituitary apoplexy

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We describe a hemorrhagic chondroid chordoma involving the sella turcica with suprasellar extension. The CT and MRI appearances mimiked a hemorrhagic pituitary adenoma. Chondroid chordoma is a variant composed of elements of both chordoma and cartilaginous tissue. An uncommon bone neoplasm, located almost exclusively in the spheno-occipital region, it is usually not considered in the differential diagnosis of a tumor with acute hemorrhage in the sellar region. We discuss the clinical and radiological characteristics which may allow one to differentiate chondroid chordoma from other tumors of this area.

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Received: 11 February 1998 Accepted: 20 February 1998

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Lee, H., Kalnin, A., Holodny, A. et al. Hemorrhagic chondroid chordoma mimicking pituitary apoplexy. Neuroradiology 40, 720–723 (1998).

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