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Clinical Note
February 2003

Chondroid Chordoma of the Nasal Septum

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(2):244-246. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.2.244

Chondroid chordoma is an uncommon malignant tumor of bone that occurs mostly in patients of early middle age. To our knowledge, this tumor has not been previously described in the nasal septum as a primary lesion. We describe a 39-year-old woman who presented with a 1-year history of nasal obstruction. Results of her physical examination and imaging studies demonstrated a nasoseptal mass. We also discuss the histologic and radiographic characteristics of the chondroid chordoma and compare it with other tumors that arise in the nasoseptal area to highlight the different prognoses and approaches to management.

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