The occurrence of benign or malignant chondromatous neoplasms in the facial bones is uncommon. Chondromas and chondrosarcomas most frequently affect the pelvis, sternum, scapula, long bones, and the bones of the hands and feet. As recently as 1935, Geschickter stated, "Cartilaginous tumors arising in the maxilla have not been recorded and should not occur in this membranous bone."1 Nevertheless, there have been 12 documented cases of chondrosarcoma of the maxilla reported in the literature.2-8 Most of the cases cited have been case reports. Because of the rarity of chondrosarcoma arising in this site, there has been no wide experience at any one institution. Emphasizing the rare occurrence of malignant cartilaginous tumors of the jaws and facial regions, Kragh et al. encountered but 10 cases at the Mayo Clinic from 1907 to March, 1957.8 Only 2 of these originated in the maxilla. Miles,3 in a review of the
BATSAKIS JG, DITO WR. Chondrosarcoma of the Maxilla. Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(1):55–61. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040059004
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