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Cervical chordoma with retropharyngeal extension presenting with impaired voice

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Nicoucar, Keyvan
Rausch, Thierry
Published in Tumori. 2008, vol. 94, no. 6, p. 873-6
Abstract AIMS AND BACKGROUND: We report an extremely rare case of cervical chordoma presenting with impaired voice. METHOD: Case report and a review of the literature concerning the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of a cervical chordoma. RESULTS: A singing teacher complaining of dysphonia was examined and surgically treated for a retropharyngeal extension of a cervical chordoma. A local recurrence was treated with proton beam therapy. Among primary malignant tumors of bone, chordomas account for 3-4% of all cases. Chordoma is typically a locally aggressive tumor with a high propensity for local recurrence. Its management involves surgery, radiotherapy, or both. CONCLUSION: To our knowledge this is the first report in the world literature of a retropharyngeal extension of a cervical chordoma presenting with impaired voice. This case indicates that bony tumors of the spine may present first to voice-disorder clinicians. Increased awareness of this neoplasm may lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.
Keywords Cervical Vertebrae/pathologyChordoma/complications/diagnosisDiagnosis, DifferentialFemaleHumansMiddle AgedPharyngeal Neoplasms/complications/diagnosisTomography, X-Ray ComputedVoice Disorders/diagnosis/etiology
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PMID: 19267110
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Research groups Groupe Dulguerov Pavel (ORL et chirurgie cervico-faciale) (145)
Groupe Becker Minerva (imagerie ORL) (683)
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NICOUCAR, Keyvan et al. Cervical chordoma with retropharyngeal extension presenting with impaired voice. In: Tumori, 2008, vol. 94, n° 6, p. 873-6. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:1779

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