Unicameral bone cyst with fallen fragment sign

Case contributed by Dr Yusra Sheikh


Painful left arm after a fall.

Patient Data

Age: 13
Gender: Male

There is a solitary lucent lesion in the proximal left humerus with an associated fracture and an osseous linear fragment in the dependent portion on the lateral aspect consistent with a fallen fragment sign of a unicameral bone cyst.

Case Discussion

The commonest location for a unicameral bone cyst is in the proximal humerus in 60% of the cases.  The most frequent complication of the cyst is a pathological fracture as shown by the above case and is the commonest reason for presentation.

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Case information

rID: 44583
Case created: 28th Apr 2016
Last edited: 12th Jul 2016
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