Giant cell tumor of bone

Case contributed by Sakher Alkhaderi
Diagnosis almost certain


Pain and swelling of the ankle without history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

A lytic expansile eccentric lesion in the distal end of the tibia with irregular markedly thin and destroyed cortex and a relatively broad zone of transition.


An expansile lesion in the distal tibia involving the articular surface of the tibiofibular joint and tibiotalar joint; it appears solid with an intermediate signal on T2 and hypointense signal on T1 and markedly hyperintense signal on proton density fat suppression. There is extensive local cortical destruction.

Case Discussion

The lesion was surgically proven as a giant cell tumor of bone. 

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.