30-year-old male presented with pelvic pain



Doctor's Information

Name : Morteza
Family :Sanei Taheri
Affiliation : Radiology Department,Shohada Tajrish Hospital,SBMU
Academic Degree: Associate Professor of Radiology
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Resident : Hussein Soleiman Tabar


Patient's Information

Gender : Male
Age : 30


Case Section

Muskuloskeletal System


Clinical Summary

30-year-old male presented with pelvic pain and progressive neurologic deficit



Imaging Procedures and Findings

Unenhanced CT images depict destruction of sacrum and coccyx as well as a large anterior sacrococcygeal soft tissue mass with heterogeneous density. Anterior displacement of rectum and invasion to right piriformis muscle are also evident.



Chordoma is a rare neoplasm derived from remnants of the primitive notochord. They are usually located at the ends of the neuraxis, 50% in the sacral region, 30% in the sphenoccipital region and the remainder in the vertebral column with a decreasing frequency from the cervical to the lumbar and finally to the thoracic segments. They account for about 15% of primary bone neoplasms. They most commonly occur in the sixth decade but they may present at any age, and are twice as common in males as in females. Intracranially they account for 0.2% of all tumors and are almost all found in relation to the clivus, although rare lesions may be found exclusively in the pituitary fossa or laterally in the petrous bone. In the sacral region they are the most common primary neoplasm. Clinical presentation is related to local invasivity. Lesions of the body of the clivus can extend ventrally and present as a parapharyngeal mass, or extend dorsally and cause cranial nerve palsies, brain stem compression or hydrocephalus. Chordomas of the sella or parasellar region present with visual disturbances, pituitary insufficiency or cavernous sinus syndrome. Lateral clival chordomas may present as a mass in the cerebellopontine angle. Sacral tumors may present with pain, weakness and incontinence. Pathologically they form soft, lobulated, grey masses that are histologically benign but locally invasive and destructive. Thick strands of fibrous connective tissue can give the mass a "lobular" appearance. Microscopically they are composed of clear cells with large intracytoplasmic vacuoles. Both CT and MR may clearly depict the lesion. CT better demonstrates the destructive effect on the bone and may depict the intralesional calcifications. MR shows an inhomogeneous mass which is characteristically mostly isointense (75%) or hypointense (25%) on T1-weighted sequences and moderately to extremely hyperintense on T2-weighted sequences. Septations composed of fibrous connective tissue form low-intensity strands separating lobulated areas of high intensity of T2-weighted images. Enhancement following contrast administration varies from little to striking. Major differential diagnoses of chordoma are, respectively, in the clivus the other central skull base masses including nasopharyngeal malignancy (e.g. squamous cell carcinoma), distant bone metastasis, meningiomas, osteomyelitis (including Gradenigo's syndrome), myeloma and histiocytosis, in the sacral region giant cell tumor and metastasis from occult primary neoplasms such as renal cell or thyroid carcinomas.


Final Diagnosis

Sacrococcygeal chordoma





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