Open Access Research article

Clinical outcome for patients with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma: a report of 9 cases at a single institute

Kazuya Yokota1, Akio Sakamoto1*, Yoshihiro Matsumoto1, Shuichi Matsuda1, Katsumi Harimaya1, Yoshinao Oda2 and Yukihide Iwamoto1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, 812-8582, Japan

2 Department of Anatomic Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, 812-8582, Japan

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Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2012, 7:38  doi:10.1186/1749-799X-7-38

Published: 10 December 2012



Dedifferentiated chondrosarcomas consist of two distinguishable components: low-grade chondrosarcoma components and high-grade dedifferentiated components.

Materials and methods

Nine cases (4 males, 5 females) of dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma were treated in our institute. The average age was 58.6 (range, 37–86) years. The tumor location was the long bone in 7 cases (femur, n=5; humerus, n=1; tibia, n=1) and the pelvic bone in 2 cases. The average time from appearance of symptoms to treatment was 9.4 (range, 1–40) months.

Results and discussion

On plain radiographs, matrix mineralization was seen in all 9 cases (100%). Bone destruction was observed in 5 of 9 cases (56%), while pathological fracture was seen in one femur case (11%). Lung metastasis was observed in all cases (initially in 5 cases; during the treatment course in 4 cases). Surgery was performed in 8 cases, with local recurrence occurring in 2 of those cases (time to recurrence, 2 and 10 months). Chemotherapy was administered in 4 cases, but did not result in significant improvement. All 9 cases died of lung metastases, with a median survival time of 10 (range, 3.4-18.8) months. The presence of initial metastasis at diagnosis was a significant unfavorable prognostic factor.


The prognosis of dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma is dismal. With the lack of convincing evidence of the benefit of chemotherapy, complete surgical excision is the initial recommended treatment.