Intradural cervical chordoma. Case report

J Neurosurg Sci. 1999 Jun;43(2):159-62.


We describe a rare case of an intradural spinal chordoma. Only two cases have been previously reported and it is the second case diagnosed with MRI. A 65-year-old man presented with progressive disturbance of gait and weakness in the lower extremities. MRI revealed a intradural C6-C7 isointense mass, on T1- and T2-weighted images. The lesion enhanced after injection of gadolinium. The lesion was totally removed without difficulty by a C6-D1 laminectomy. Microscopic examination of the tumor revealed a chordoma. This is the third case in the literature of an intradural spinal chordoma. The appearance of this tumor with MRI may be similar to the chordomas of other locations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chordoma / pathology*
  • Chordoma / surgery
  • Dura Mater / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord / pathology
  • Spinal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Spinal Neoplasms / surgery