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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

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  • Case Report
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Osteochondroma of the scapula: a case report

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Journal of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyOfficial Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology20078:159

  • Received: 28 September 2006
  • Accepted: 21 January 2007
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Osteochondroma is one of the most common benign tumors of the axial skeleton. Location of a solitary exostosis in the scapula is relatively rare. We report the case of an osteochondroma of the scapula in a 13-year-old boy. Because of the atypical location with nonspecific shoulder pain, the diagnosis is often made late. CT is necessary to determine the correct position of the osteochondroma. Despite the young age of the patient, surgical excision of the exostosis was performed, because of an arising thoracic pressure pain. The outcome was good, the patient noticed disappearance of previous painful symptoms, and a normal profile of the scapula was gained.

Key words

  • Osteochondroma
  • Shoulder pain
  • Thoracic pressure pain