Nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx
Other tumors

Author: Abul Ala Syed Rifat Mannan, M.D. (see Authors page)
Editor: Songyang Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.

Revised: 23 May 2018, last major update September 2014

Copyright: (c) 2004-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Chordoma[TI] nasal

See also: Bone chapter
Cite this page: Mannan, A.A.S.R. Chordoma. website. Accessed November 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Malignant nonepithelial neoplasm derived from notochordal tissue
  • Primary chordomas are extremely rare in nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses
  • Clival chordomas may present as a nasal mass by anterior extension
Radiology images

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Chordoma in nasal cavity

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Chordoma in nasopharynx

Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Physaliphorous cells with multiple cytoplasmic vacuoles within myxoid stroma
  • No glandular formation
  • Chondroid variants contain cartilage
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Classical chordoma, nonnasal

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Variants of chordoma, nonnasal

Negative stains