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Chirurgia 2011 December;24(6):345-7

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A rare case of occipital cranial bone osteochondroma

Romeo F. 1, Santangelo M. 1, Fiorentino L. 2, Alloro E. 3, Toscano S. 1, D’agostino A. 1

1 Department of Neurosurgery, “A. Perrino” Hospital, Brindisi, Italy
2 Department of Pathology, “A. Perrino” Hospital, Brindisi, Italy
3 Department of Neuroradiology, “A. Perrino” Hospital, Brindisi, Italy


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Osteochondroma is the most frequent benign bone tumor of skeletal system but it is uncommon in the skull (0.1% to 0.2%); furthermore the bones of the cranial vault are rarely involved. The authors report the case of a 14 years-old children with a slow-growing lesion of occipital cranial bone that was surgically removed; pathological examination was osteochondroma. A review of literature confirmed the very rare localization of an osteocartilaginous exostosis in cranial vault bone.

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