Imaging Diagnosis—Magnetic Resonance Imaging And Histopathological Features Of A Skull Base Chordoma In A Cat

Brocal J, Gamino V, Guevar J, et al.

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 2017;58:E11-E15.

An 8-year-old domestic short-haired cat was presented with anorexia, lethargy, ataxia and one episode of consciousness loss. A midline vertically orientated, biconcave, extra-axial mass originating from the basioccipital bone was detected on magnetic resonance images of the head. The mass was T1W iso- to hypointense when compared with normal grey matter, T2W hyperintense with small areas of isointensity and heterogeneously enhanced with contrast. Multiple signal voids were observed on T2* images. Histopathological evaluation confirmed a chordoma. To the authors’ knowledge this is the first report of the imaging characteristics of a chordoma affecting the skull base in a cat.