Osteochondroma mimicking meningioma: case report and literature update

Ashwath J. Sampath, Douglas C. Miller, Fassil B. Mesfin, Julia R. Crim

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We report a case of an osteochondroma in a 47-year-old woman presenting with a 2-month history of thoracic back pain that radiated down her left arm. Based on imaging features, the osteochondroma was initially thought to represent a calcified meningioma. The unusual features of the case include the location of the tumor, patient age, the erosion of the vertebra, and the confusing neuroradiological features. We review reported cases in which a solitary costal osteochondroma impinges on the neural foramina or central spinal canal and we discuss reasons for the misdiagnosis in our case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-829
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Nerve root compression
  • Neural foramen
  • Osteochondroma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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