Sacral chordoma: clinical experience of a series of 11 patients over 18 years

  • Jason Beng Teck LimEmail author
  • Henry Soeharno
  • Mann Hong Tan
Original Article • SPINE - TUMORS


Sacral chordoma are rare low-to-intermediate grade malignant tumours that occur most commonly within the sacrum. Sacrectomy with wide resection margins seems to offer the best long-term prognosis.  This study aims to review the management of sacral chordomas including the duration of symptoms, features, treatment, complications and local recurrence rate following surgery at a tertiary centre. We retrospectively reviewed 11 patients treated at our institution between years 1999 and 2015. Patient data included age, sex, history, radiographs, surgical details, onset of recurrence, subsequent treatment, disease-free survival and overall survival were analyzed. Nine patients underwent surgical management with 1 through a sacral approach and eight patients through a combined abdominosacral approach. Despite wide resection in our series, sacral chordoma poses a major problem with approximately 60% of patients having local recurrence in their follow-up.


Sacral chordoma Management Recurrence 


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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that there is no conflict of interest for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgerySingapore General HospitalSingaporeRepublic of Singapore

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