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Chirurgia del Piede 2010 August;34(2):105-10

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Case report: osteoid osteoma of the tarsal cuboid

Centaro G., Bratulich A., Grassi Mantelli A.

1 Azienda Sanitaria Ospedaliera S. Croce e Carle, Cuneo 2 Ospedale Mauriziano “Umberto I”, Torino


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We report a case of a 28 year-old boy referred to our Section with an eighteen-months history of pain in the lateral part of his right foot, without any trauma in his medical history. The pain was not responsive to painkillers or salicylates and forced the patient to use some aids during deambulation. We performed standard x-ray exam, NMR, CT scan and we decided to perform surgery with excision of the lesion, in suspect of an osteoid osteoma of the tarsal cuboid. The patient got well immediately after surgery. The localization of the osteoid osteoma in the foot is unusual (4% of total), mainly found in the talus; the tarsal cuboid localization is an exceptional event, so the osteoma could not immediately be detected, due to his localization and atypical symptoms, causing to commit mistakes in diagnosis and treatment.

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