Intracranial Cystic Chondroma

A Case Report

Muhammad Muzaffer Uddin; Junaid Ashraf; Akhtar Amin Memon; Jamshed Ali


J Med Case Reports. 2012;6(432) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Introduction Intracranial chondromas are rare benign tumors with an incidence of 0.2% to 0.3% of all intracranial tumors. This is the first case of an intracranial chondroma reported from Pakistan.

Case presentation We report a case of a 23-year-old Asian man presenting with intracerebral chondroma of the left frontal lobe, which was eroding the dura matter. The intracranial chondroma was completely removed by surgery.

Conclusion Intracranial chondromas are rare benign cartilaginous tumors. Through this case presentation we have discussed the diagnostic procedures, radiological and pathological findings. The purpose of presenting such a rare case is to develop awareness among clinicians and medical students and to highlight the requirement of immediate actions to ensure proper management of such cases.


Intracranial chondromas are exceedingly rare neoplasms, which grow slowly by expansion. They are cysts of chondroid tissue, and present at different regions within the cranial cavity especially the skull base.[1] Sellar,[2] parasellar,[3] intradural and especially falcine chondromas[4] have also been reported.

We present a case of an intracerebral cystic chondroma of the left frontal lobe in a 23-year-old man which was diagnosed by radiological findings and further confirmed through pathological reports. Frontal craniotomy was performed for total tumor resection. This is the first case of intracranial chondroma reported from Pakistan. We have discussed the clinical presentation, etiology, radiological features, histological features and treatment of the case with references to previously reported cases.