Objective and importance: Giant-cell tumor of the spine is relatively rare and has been infrequently reported above the sacrum. We describe the presentation and treatment of a case of giant-cell tumor of the thoracic spine. A review of the English literature is presented. Clinical presentation: This patient presented with the history of a breast carcinoma, progressive radicular thoracic pain and a pathologic fracture consistent with probable metastatic disease. Intervention: Details of the surgical procedure are provided. Conclusion: This case report clearly illustrates that the diagnosis of giant-cell tumor of the spine may rest heavily on the histology since the history may be misleading and the radiography may be non-specific. A review of the English literature revealed 207 cases of giant cell tumor involving the spine. The characteristics of these cases are summarized.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
- Bone tumor
- Giant-cell tumor
- Spinal neoplasms
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