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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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What causes a chordoma?
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No real cause for chordomas is known, but a genetic basis has been described for some chordomas....
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How dangerous is a chordoma?
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While chordomas are generally slow-growing tumors, they tend to cause local destruction of the b...
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What are symptoms of a chordoma?
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Symptoms depend on the location of the chordoma. Clival chordomas most commonly present with: do...
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