Aneurysmal bone cyst of the spine in an adolescent: a case report.
Acta Orthop Belg. 2011 Dec;77(6):853-7
Authors: Gothner M, Citak M, Schildhauer TA, Roetman B
Aneurysmal bone cysts are often localized in long bones of the lower extremity and are characterized by aggressive expansion with local destruction of bone. We present the case of a 14-year-old female patient with a two weeks history of low dorsal pain. Computerized tomography (CT) scan of the spine showed local destruction of the 10th thoracic vertebra and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a 50 percent compression of the spinal cord. The partly septated and partly solid cystic tumour in the 10th thoracic vertebra was resected and a dorsal spondylodesis stabilised the thoracic spine. Aneurysmal bone cyst should be considered in the differential diagnosis of unspecific pain of the spine. Follow-up examinations after three, five and twelve months did not show signs of recurrence.
PMID: 22308636 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]