Diffuse skeletal muscle metastases from sacral chordoma

Kathleen Carey, Joseph Bestic, Steven Attia, Cherise Cortese, Manoj Jain

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Chordomas are rare, slow-growing tumors arising from cellular remnants of the notochord. They account for 1-4 % of primary malignant bone tumors and usually occur in the axial skeleton, most commonly the sacrum. Although typically locally recurrent, chordoma metastasis rates as high as 10-42 % have been reported. While spread to multiple organ systems has been documented, metastatic disease to skeletal muscle is extremely rare. We present a case of extensive, multifocal skeletal muscle metastases developing in the setting of recurrent sacral chordoma. Our literature search found only one additional case of metastatic chordoma to a single skeletal muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-989
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Chordoma
  • Metastases
  • Metastasis
  • Neoplasm
  • Notochord
  • Sacrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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