Cervical osteochondroma with postoperative recurrence: Case report and review of the literature

R. Shane Tubbs, Grady E. Maddox, Paul A. Grabb, W. Jerry Oakes, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Introduction: Osteochondromas of the cervical spine are rare. We report an 8-year-old girl presenting with neck pain and a known familial predisposition for osteochondromas. Case report: Imaging revealed a presumed osteochondroma of the cervical spine located at C3. A cervical hemilaminectomy of the lesion was performed. Histopathology confirmed the lesion as an osteochondroma. Six months later, the child was found to have a recurrence of the previously resected lesion. Conclusion: The child was reoperated and the lesion removed along with the entire remaining lamina of C3. At 6-year follow-up, there has been no recurrence of the child's cervical lesion. We believe this to be the third reported case of recurrence of a cervical osteochondroma. Surgeons dealing with such lesions should be mindful of this complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010



  • Bone
  • Cervical spine
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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