Clival Chordoma

A clival chordoma is a malignant tumor of the clivus. The clivus is a portion of bone located at the base of the skull.

Diagnosis for Clival Chordoma

Diagnosis is suspected by MRI scan of the brain, with a study tailored to look at the skull base. These tumors can be quite destructive to the clivus. Diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy and pathologic analysis.