Cytodiagnosis of Chondrosarcoma: A case report

  • Prashant Kumavat
  • Kavita Khedekark
  • Nitin Gadgil
  • Chetan Chaudhari
Keywords: FNAC, Chondrosarcoma, chest wall


Primary tumors involving the bony skeleton of the chest wall are uncommon. Chondrosarcomas of thorax are unusual tumors categorized as axial malignancies that invade and destroy the adjacent bone. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is effective in the diagnosis of bone tumors when combined with careful radiologic and clinical evaluation. Chondrosarcomas often arise in the pelvis or bones of the trunk, but primary chest wall (rib) chondrosarcomas are relatively rare. Incidence of chondrosarcoma peaks in the 5th to 6th decade.  We present a two cases one of 58-year-old male with anterior chest wall mass and another of 70-year-old male presented with  anterolateral chest wall mass. Fine needle aspiration was done and smear studied showed increased cellularity with chondromyxoid background and tissue fragment with chondrocytes showing anisonucleosis and nuclear pleomorphism. Few binucleate cells were seen and few nuclei showed prominent nucleoli. The diagnosis of chondrosarcoma was considered. 


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