Journal of Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Volume 5 Number 4, 2002
Abstract

Giant Cell Tumour of the Thoracic Spine

R Gee,1 LP Chan,1 C Keogh,1 PL Munk,1 JX O'Connell,2 T Chung,1 C Fisher3
1Department of Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2Department of Pathology, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
3Department of Surgery, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Giant cell tumours of the spine above the sacrum are rare, and may pose diagnostic and treatment difficulties. A patient with thoracic vertebral giant cell tumour in which soft tissue extension and proximity to the spine complicated management is described. Magnetic resonance imaging is the imaging modality of choice for determining the extent of disease, assisting preoperative management, and monitoring for recurrent disease. (J HK Coll Radiol 2002;5:243-246)

Key Words: Giant cell tumour, Magnetic resonance imaging, Spine


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