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World J Clin Cases. Apr 16, 2013; 1(1): 64-66
Published online Apr 16, 2013. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v1.i1.64
Low grade chondrosarcoma of the nasal septum
Dong Hoon Lee, Se Hee Jung, Tae Mi Yoon, Joon Kyoo Lee, Young Eun Joo, Sang Chul Lim
Dong Hoon Lee, Tae Mi Yoon, Joon Kyoo Lee, Sang Chul Lim, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun, Jeonnam 519-809, South Korea
Se Hee Jung, Department of Radiology, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun, Jeonnam 519-809, South Korea
Young Eun Joo, Department of Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun, Jeonnam 519-809, South Korea
Author contributions: Lee DH and Lim SC designed the report; Lee DH, Yoon TM, Lee JK and Lim SC were attending doctors for the patients; Jung SH were performed image diagnosis; Joo YE organized the report; Lee DH wrote paper.
Correspondence to: Sang Chul Lim, MD, PhD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hwasun Hospital, 160 Ilsimri, Hwasun, Jeonnam 519-809, South Korea. limsc@chonnam.ac.kr
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Received: December 26, 2012
Revised: January 10, 2013
Accepted: January 23, 2013
Published online: April 16, 2013
Abstract

Chondrosarcoma of the nasal septum is extremely rare. In some cases, it may be difficult to preoperatively differentiate low grade chondrosarcoma from benign cartilaginous tumors such as chondroma. We report a case of low grade chondrosarcoma of the nasal septum with characteristic radiologic findings. Characteristic radiologic findings such as calcifications on computed tomography scan and a ring-and-arc pattern on enhanced T1 weighted image were useful in the preoperative diagnosis of low grade chondrosarcoma of the septum. Awareness of radiologic findings of low grade chondrosarcoma can help to make an accurate diagnosis and perform appropriate excision, leading to successful local control.

Keywords: Chondrosarcoma, Nasal septum, Endoscopic surgical procedure, Computed tomography, Radiology

Core tip: Characteristic radiologic findings such as calcifications on computed tomography scan and a ring-and-arc pattern on enhanced T1 weighted image were useful in the preoperative diagnosis of low grade chondrosarcoma of the septum. Awareness of radiologic findings of low grade chondrosarcoma can help to make an accurate diagnosis and perform appropriate excision, leading to successful local control.