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2023 Jan 09

Int J Surg Case Rep


Osteoid osteoma of the rib masquerading as pain due to trauma: Removed by rib resection using preoperative CT-scan guidance.


Tos SM, Jobran AWM, Alasafrah A, Natsheh M, Asbeh Y A
Int J Surg Case Rep. 2023 Jan 09; 103:107877.
PMID: 36706671.


Osteoid osteomas (OO) are benign bone tumors that are prevalent in young adults. The typical clinical picture of the disease is pain that worsens at night, which may be alleviated by Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). The most common imaging finding of OO is a lytic lesion, known as a nidus, with variable intralesional mineralization, accompanied by bone sclerosis, cortical thickening and surrounding bone marrow edema, as well as marked post-contrast enhancement. The most commonly affected sites are the long bones of the lower limbs, but the ribs are rarely reported sites. The present study describes a case of osteoid osteomas located in the rib which was removed by rib resection using CT-scan guidance.