Osteoblastoma of the thoracic spine

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert

Presentation

Intractable backaches, pain at rest and at night, responsive to NSAIDs.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male

CT showed periostal bone appositions at the right posterior arch, bulging into the spinal canal. Interestingly, there was also new periostal bone formation at the vertebral end of the 9th rib, that wasn't directly affected by the lesion.

MRI showed a T1- and T2-hyperintense lesion in the right interarticular portion and upper articular process of the 9th thoracic vertebra with intense perifocal bone and soft-tissue oedema. Contrast enhancement after Gd was present not only in the nidus but also in the adjacent soft tissues and bones.

Case Discussion

MRI showed a T1- and T2-hyperintense lesion in the right interarticular portion and upper articular process of the 9th thoracic vertebra with intense perifocal bone and soft-tissue oedema. Contrast enhancement after Gd was present not only in the nidus but also in the adjacent soft tissues and bones. CT showed periostal bone appositions at the right posterior arch, bulging into the spinal canal. Interestingly, there was also new periostal bone formation at the vertebral end of the 9th rib, that wasn't directly affected by the lesion.

Histologically, there is no clear difference between osteoid osteomas and osteoblastomas of the spine, though the latter tend to be larger and more aggressive.

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Case information

rID: 14132
Case created: 2nd Jul 2011
Last edited: 12th Oct 2015
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