Cervical osteochondroma with postoperative recurrence: case report and review of the literature.

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  • INTRODUCTION: Osteochondromas of the cervical spine are rare. We report an 8-year-old girl presenting with neck pain and a known familial predisposition for osteochondromas. CASE REPORT: Imaging revealed a presumed osteochondroma of the cervical spine located at C3. A cervical hemilaminectomy of the lesion was performed. Histopathology confirmed the lesion as an osteochondroma. Six months later, the child was found to have a recurrence of the previously resected lesion. CONCLUSION: The child was reoperated and the lesion removed along with the entire remaining lamina of C3. At 6-year follow-up, there has been no recurrence of the child's cervical lesion. We believe this to be the third reported case of recurrence of a cervical osteochondroma. Surgeons dealing with such lesions should be mindful of this complication.
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  • Cervical Vertebrae, Child, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Laminectomy, Osteochondroma, Recurrence, Time Factors, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Treatment Outcome
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    Pubmed Id

  • 15182988
  • Author List

  • Tubbs RS; Maddox GE; Grabb PA; Oakes WJ; Cohen-Gadol AA
  • Start Page

  • 101
  • End Page

  • 104
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 1