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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X


TOMLINSON, M; KUBICEK, GJ; FERREIRA, N  and  MARAIS, LC. Case report: A typical presentation of giant cell tumour (GCT) of bone in the distal humerus of a child. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.1, pp.29-32. ISSN 2309-8309.

INTRODUCTION: Giant cell tumour of bone is a rare entity in children and seldom involves the distal humerus, even in adult patients. We present a case of giant cell tumour in the distal humerus of a child CASE REPORT: A 12-year-old boy presented to our tertiary level tumour unit with progressive pain in his left elbow and was radiologically and histologically found to have a giant cell tumour of his left distal humerus. He was treated with extended curettage, cryotherapy and PMMA cement with the addition of a supportive postero-medial locking plate. There was no recurrence noted at one-year follow-up DISCUSSION: The literature is reviewed to determine the epidemiology of this tumour, the histological and radiological findings unique to the lesion and the current best practice of treatment CONCLUSION: A rare case of giant cell tumour in the distal humerus of a child is presented. Giant cell tumour of bone should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a lytic metaphyseal lesion if the growth plates are open

Keywords : giant cell tumour of bone; skeletally immature; distal humerus.

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