Benign Notochordal Cell Tumor of the Sacrum with Atypical Imaging Features: The Value of CT Guided Biopsy for Diagnosis
Dario Pasalic1, *, Patrick H. Luetmer2, Christopher H. Hunt2, Peter S. Rose3, Felix E. Diehn2, Andrew L. Folpe4, Doris E. Wenger2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 36
Last Page: 40
Publisher Id: TONIJ-7-36
Article History:Received Date: 27/8/2013
Revision Received Date: 5/12/2013
Acceptance Date: 5/12/2013
Electronic publication date: 30/12/2013
Collection year: 2013
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We report a case of a benign notochordal cell tumor (BNCT) of the sacrum with atypical imaging features, which was incidentally discovered in a 74-year-old man undergoing evaluation for progressively worsening hip and back pain. It is important for radiologists, pathologists and orthopedic surgeons to be aware of the diagnosis of BNCT and be familiar with its radiographic features to avoid unnecessary treatment. This case illustrates the advantage of percutaneous computed tomography (CT)-guided biopsy as a minimally invasive technique for definitive diagnosis of a BNCT with atypical imaging features.