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Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Robert G. Maki, MD, PhD, Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Orthopaedics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma

  • No synonyms found.

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Extraskeletal Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma

General Discussion

Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma is an extremely rare, often aggressive form of cancer. It is a variant type of conventional chondrosarcoma. Conventional chondrosarcoma is a form of bone cancer that arises from cartilage cells. Cartilage is the specialized tissue that serves as a buffer or cushion at joints. Most of the skeleton of an embryo consists of cartilage, which is slowly converted into bone. Approximately two-thirds of cases of mesenchymal chondrosarcoma affect the bones, especially the spine, ribs or jaws. The remaining cases occur in areas of the body other than bone (extraskeletal, that is, occurring in soft tissues like muscle and fat). Unlike conventional chondrosarcomas, mesenchymal chondrosarcomas occur with greater frequency in young adults. This form of cancer often spreads (metastasizes) to other areas of the body and can cause life-threatening complications.

Organizations related to Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma

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