, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 101-104
Date: 17 Jul 2009

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

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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.