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Prepontine Chordoma Presenting with MRI Features of an Epidermoid Cyst: Case Presentation and a Mini-Review

[ Vol. 14 , Issue. 1 ]


Erdinc Ozek, Fatih H. Bolukbasi, Ozdil Baskan, Meric A. Altinoz*, Aydin Sav and Ilhan Elmaci   Pages 147 - 150 ( 4 )


Background: We report a patient with a prepontine chordoma, presented with MRI features of an Epidermoid Cyst (EC) including hypointensity on T1-weighted image, hyperintensity on T2- weighted image, hyperintensity on DWI, and no contrast enhancement. We also presented a concise review of the relevant clinical data, since such cases were rarely reported in the English medical literature.

Results & Conclulsion: To avoid delays in the management of patients with this locally aggressive tumor, clival chordoma should be taken into consideration as a differential diagnosis of tumors residing in close proximity to the clivus even in the absence of a bony erosion.


Chordoma, clivus, differential diagnosis, epidermoid cyst, MRI, prepontine.


Department of Neurosurgery, Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Department of Neurosurgery, Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Radiology, Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Immunology Program, DETAE, Istanbul University, Nisantasi Pathology, Istanbul, Department of Neurosurgery, Memorial Hospital, Istanbul

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