Sarcoma quality performance indicators (QPIs) driving continuous improvements in Scotland

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Objectives Clinical, radiological and histological characteristics from a large systematic review. Design The first systematic review of benign notochordal cell tumours. Subjects All studies, in any language, published at any time that were identified using specified search terms. Methods Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA). Results So-called benign notochordal cell tumours exhibited the following features: presentation with pain as the sole presenting symptom in 35/76 (46.0%) and 34/76 (44.7%) with a neurological deficit. Incidental discovery upon imaging was reported in 7/76 (9.2%). Radiologically, lesions were small, (<30 millimetres at their maximum diameter) in 91/98 (92.9%), hypointense on T1 sequences and hyperintense on T2 sequences on magnetic resonance imaging (113/133; 85.0%), did not enhance following contrast administration (61/69; 88.4%) and were non-lytic (49/80; 61.3%). Histologically, these tumours lacked myxoid matrix (66/84; 78.6%) and nuclear atypia (100/112; 89.3%). In those managed conservatively, follow up was between 8.5 and 120 months. Most were stable at follow up (22/25; 88.0%), one lesion grew (4.0%), one patient died of an unrelated cause (4.0%) and outcome was not stated in one case (4.0%).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2019
EventBritish Sarcoma Group Annual Conference - Royall College of Physicians, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Feb 201928 Feb 2019


ConferenceBritish Sarcoma Group Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • breast sarcoma
  • breast cancer


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