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Giant-cell tumour in the cervical spine: a case report

By AA Lopes, JD Cassidy and K Yong-Hing


A forty-six-year-old man presented with a two-month history of increasing neck pain of insidious onset. He received treatment from his familty doctor and chiropractor consisting of analgesics and manipulation respectively, both of which did not offer relief. The patient presented to University Hospital where plain radiographs and CT showed a pathological fracture of the C4 vertebral body. A neoplasm was suspected and surgical excision revealed a giant-cell tumour of bone. This type of neoplasm is rare in the spine and difficult to manage in this site. This case highlights some of the problems encountered in the treatment of giant-cell tumour of the spine

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