Chondroblastoma of the skull and facial bones

Am J Clin Pathol. 1987 Jul;88(1):1-9. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/88.1.1.


A series of 30 chondroblastomas was reviewed: 21 had occurred in the lateral part of the temporal bone, 6 in the mandible, 1 in the parietal bone, and 2 in the region that included the temporal bone and mandible. Of the 30 patients in the series, 20 were males and 9 were females; the sex of 1 patient was not stated. The ages of 29 patients ranged from 2 years 11 months to 70 years (mean, 43.5 years). Radiologic findings were not suggestive of a specific diagnosis, although the lesions appeared to be benign. Histologically, most tumors were classic chondroblastomas. However, some showed aneurysmal bone cyst-like areas and nodules of epithelioid cells without chondroid differentiation. Conservative reexcisions were usually curative. Approximately half of the patients had recurrence after curettage.

MeSH terms

  • Chondroblastoma / pathology*
  • Facial Bones / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Skull / pathology*
  • Skull Neoplasms / pathology*