A young adult presented with acute weakness of right side of body and slurring of speech. An initial brain CT scan showed a pontine haemorrhage, however MRI done a few days later revealed a mass in the left parapharyngeal space. Histopathology of the mass revealed that it was a chondrosarcoma. Subsequently the patient was initially treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and later surgery. Skull base chondrosarcomabe is to be included in the differentials of a young patient presenting with signs consistent with pontine haemorrhage.
Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
(2010). Pontine haemorrhage due to chondrosarcoma of the skull base. Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, 20(10), 692-4.
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