Pontine hemorrhage due to chondrosarcoma of the skull base

Maliha Iqbal Jumani
Roomasa Channa
Sayed Nabeel Zafar
S. Ather Enam, Aga Khan University


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.