Clival Chordoma Presenting with Acute Brain Stem Hemorrhage

Allan D.O. Levi, Walter Kucharczyk, Arnold P. Lang, Hart Schutz

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The authors present a case of a 2-year-old man who developed rapidly progressive cranial neme palsies and a right hemiparesis secondary to a pontine hemorrhage. The rare but correct diagnosis of a clival chordoma which had invaded the brain stem and subsequently hemorrhaged was based on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Te diagnosis was confirmed at surgery when the patient underwent a successful operative decompression of tumor and clot from the pons via a sub-occipital craniotomy. This represents the first case of a clival chordoma to hemorrhage into the brain stem, which was diagnosed preoperatively and the patient survived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-518
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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