Fibrous cortical defect

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Twisted ankle at soccer. Slight swelling.

Patient Data

Age: Child.
Gender: Male

Ankle x-rays

Two views of the ankle demonstrate an incidental well circumscribed lucency in the diametaphyseal region of the distal tibia. It has a sharply defined sclerotic border, no periosteal reaction and no matrix mineralisation. 


Distribution of fibrous cortical defects (FCD).


Case Discussion

This case illustrates the characteristic appearance and location of a fibrous cortical defect. The main importance of this entity is to recognise it and not confuse it with a more serious lesion. 

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Case information

rID: 7208
Published: 16th Sep 2009
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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