Giant-cell tumor of the thoracic spine: Case report and review of the literature

Cargill Herley Alleyne, R. W. Haid, Jr Rodts G.E., V. H. Nassar

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalNeuro-Orthopedics
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bone tumor
  • Giant-cell tumor
  • Osteoclastoma
  • Spinal neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Alleyne, C. H., Haid, R. W., Rodts G.E., J., & Nassar, V. H. (1997). Giant-cell tumor of the thoracic spine: Case report and review of the literature. Neuro-Orthopedics, 21(1), 13-25.