Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chordoma Underlying Cause

The exact cause for chordoma is unknown. They arise from cells (notochord) left over during development as a fetus. They can occur inside the skull, as well as in the lower spinal cord.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Chordoma References
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