How a rare diagnosis caused me to sprain my ankle

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1016
  1. John Williams, retired general practitioner

    My brain is the sort that is much better at retaining esoteric facts than more useful information. As a first year clinical student, I had been reading up tumour pathology and was fascinated by a description of chordomata, rare tumours that occur anywhere in the spinal tract from the midbrain to the cauda equina and that retain the cellular characteristics of the primitive notochord. Commonest at the lower end of the spinal tract, they were said to feel like a cricket ball attached to the …

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