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What is a chordoma?

Chordoma is an uncommon, slow-growing tumor that is thought to arise from cellular remnants of the embryonic spine called the notochord. Chordomas are found most frequently at the base of the spine (the sacrum) and intracranially at the clivus, but they may occur anywhere along the spine.

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