Child's Nervous System

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 101–104

Cervical osteochondroma with postoperative recurrence: case report and review of the literature

  • R. Shane Tubbs
  • Grady E. Maddox
  • Paul A. Grabb
  • W. Jerry Oakes
  • Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00381-009-0934-3

Cite this article as:
Tubbs, R.S., Maddox, G.E., Grabb, P.A. et al. Childs Nerv Syst (2010) 26: 101. doi:10.1007/s00381-009-0934-3



Osteochondromas of the cervical spine are rare. We report an 8-year-old girl presenting with neck pain and a known familial predisposition for osteochondromas.

Case report

Imaging revealed a presumed osteochondroma of the cervical spine located at C3. A cervical hemilaminectomy of the lesion was performed. Histopathology confirmed the lesion as an osteochondroma. Six months later, the child was found to have a recurrence of the previously resected lesion.


The child was reoperated and the lesion removed along with the entire remaining lamina of C3. At 6-year follow-up, there has been no recurrence of the child's cervical lesion. We believe this to be the third reported case of recurrence of a cervical osteochondroma. Surgeons dealing with such lesions should be mindful of this complication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 2
  • Grady E. Maddox
    • 1
  • Paul A. Grabb
    • 3
  • W. Jerry Oakes
    • 2
  • Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Alabama at Birmingham School of MedicineBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Section of Pediatric NeurosurgeryChildren’s HospitalBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Colorado Springs Children’s HospitalColorado SpringsUSA
  4. 4.Clarian Neuroscience InstituteIndianapolis Neurosurgical GroupIndianapolisUSA
  5. 5.Department of NeurosurgeryIndiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA