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Chirurgia 2014 February;27(1):25-8

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A case of solitary osteochondroma of the cervical spine accompanied by a free bone fragment causing spinal cord and nerve root compression

Sarica F. B., Aydemir F., Tufan K., Kocer N. E., Kardes O., Cekinmez M., Caner H.

Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and Pathology, Ankara, Turkey


Osteochondromas (OCs) are among the most frequent of benign cartilaginous tumors, usually originating from metaphysodiaphyseal regions of long bones. Vertebral osteochondromas (VOCs) are very rare and are often found in cervical spine localization. They often form an asymptomatic mass. In rare cases, they can cause neurological dysfunction by compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots. In this paper, a case of solitary osteochondroma of the 7th cervical vertebrae in a 46-year-old male patient causing spinal cord and nerve root compression was evaluated with literature.

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