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Chordoma: Introduction

Chordoma: Chordomas are rare tumors that arise from embryonic notochordal remnants along the length of the neuraxis at developmentally active sites. These sites are the ends of the neuraxis and the vertebral bodies. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Chordoma is available below.

Symptoms of Chordoma

Treatments for Chordoma

  • The treatment of chordomas depends on the extent and location of the tumor. In general, a more complete removal with wide excision delays the time interval between surgery and eventual recurrence
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Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Chordoma?

Chordoma: Related Patient Stories

Chordoma: Complications

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Causes of Chordoma

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Disease Topics Related To Chordoma

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Chordoma: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Chordoma

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Chordoma: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Chordoma

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Chordoma: Rare Types

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Prognosis for Chordoma

Prognosis for Chordoma: The 5-year survival rate is estimated to be 51%, and the 10-year survival is estimated to be 35%.

Research about Chordoma

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Clinical Trials for Chordoma

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Statistics for Chordoma

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Definitions of Chordoma:

A malignant bone tumor arising from remnants of the fetal notochord. Although it can occur at all ages, it is more frequently seen in middle-aged adults. Most frequent sites of involvement are: sacrococcygeal area, spheno-occipital area, and the cervico-thoraco-lumbar spine. Microscopically, chordomas are composed of cells that form cords and lobules, separated by mucoid intercellular tissue. Some of the cells are large (physaliphorous) and have vacuolated cytoplasm and prominent vesicular nuclei. Other tumor cells are small with small nuclei, without visible nucleoli. Chordomas tend to recur and may metastasize. The most common sites of metastasis are skin and bone. -- 2004 - (Source - Diseases Database)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Chordoma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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