A rare case of Osteoblastoma of the Calcaneum - A Case Report

Austine, Jose and Hegde, Atmananda S. and Adiga, Deepa (2018) A rare case of Osteoblastoma of the Calcaneum - A Case Report. Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association, 6 (2). pp. 42-44. ISSN 2454-9010

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Introduction: Osteoblastoma is a benign tumor which constitutes around 1% of primary bone tumors. The incidence of an osteblastoma of the calcaneum is <0.8% among all. Case Report: We report a 17-year-old boy who presented with unremitting heel pain of 4 months’ duration associated with a swelling which was clinically and radiologically diagnosed as either an aneurysmal bone cyst or giant-cell tumor. The patient was treated with an extended curettage and cementing of cavity. The final diagnosis of an osteoblastoma of calcaneum was established post-operatively following histopathological examination of biopsy. Discussion: The prevalence and behavior of calcaneal osteoblastomas are yet to be reported in the Indian population. Lack of clinician familiarity and a rare incidence translate into a delay in the diagnosis of tumors and tumor-like lesions of the calcaneum, as seen in our case. Their recognition is imperative to avoid mistaking the condition for an aneurysmal bone cyst, giant-cell tumor, or even an osteogenic sarcoma and be managed more aggressively than required. Conclusion: An adolescent presenting with chronic unremitting heel pain should undergo early and detailed radiographic evaluation. A high index of suspicion is needed to diagnose this condition early. Outcome largely depends on early diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Osteoblastoma, Calcaneum, Heel pain.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Orthopaedics
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 06:59
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 06:59
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/152133

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