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Undiagnosed osteoid osteoma of the spine presenting as painful scoliosis from adolescence to adulthood: a case report

George Sapkas13, Nicolas E Efstathopoulos2 and Michael Papadakis3*

Author Affiliations

1 1st Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Athens, Attikon University Hospital, Haidari, Greece

2 2nd Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Athens, Agia Olga General Hospital, N. Ionia, Greece

3 Spine Unit, Metropolitan Hospital, Faliro, Greece

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Scoliosis 2009, 4:9  doi:10.1186/1748-7161-4-9

Published: 27 April 2009


Presented here is a case of a young woman, with an undiagnosed osteoid osteoma of the spine, which presented with painful scoliosis in adolescence and was treated by bracing until her accession to adulthood. A more thorough investigation, years after the initial one, revealed the tumor. Surgical excision and stabilization offered the long-awaited cure. Misdiagnosis resulted in intractable pain for years, deformity, the discomfort of brace therapy, and the frustration of a prolonged yet ineffective treatment.