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 years
Gender: Male

This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

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 edema. Contrast enhancement after gadolinium was uptake 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 edema. Contrast enhancement after Gd was present not only in the nidus but also in the adjacent soft tissues and bones. CT showed periosteal bone appositions at the right posterior arch, bulging into the spinal canal. Interestingly, there was also new periosteal 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 osteoma and osteoblastoma of the spine, though the latter tend to be larger and more aggressive.

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Case information

rID: 14132
Published: 2nd Jul 2011
Last edited: 13th Jun 2020
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