, Volume 97, Issue 3, pp 251–253

An unusual case of lumbar paravertebral miositis ossificans mimicking muscular skeletal tumor

  • C. Zoccali
  • G. Chichierchia
  • R. Covello
  • Regina Elena National Cancer Institute
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s12306-011-0169-9

Cite this article as:
Zoccali, C., Chichierchia, G., Covello, R. et al. Musculoskelet Surg (2013) 97: 251. doi:10.1007/s12306-011-0169-9


Several lesions have clinical and radiological characteristics mimicking muscular skeletal tumor. Myositis ossificans usually presents a typical pattern making biopsy unnecessary; nevertheless, in rare cases, neoplasm must be ruled out. Biopsy is often sufficient to allow a diagnosis and a correct related treatment, but, unfortunately, sometimes it may lead to erroneous treatment. We report an unusual case of a lumbar paravertebral mass that had an MRI aspect similar to a chondrosarcoma, a histology pattern based on biopsy compatible with neurinoma and a definitive diagnosis of myosistis ossificans.


ChondrosarcomaNeurinomaOssificans myositisParavertebral mass

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Zoccali
    • 1
  • G. Chichierchia
    • 2
  • R. Covello
    • 3
  • Regina Elena National Cancer Institute
  1. 1.Oncological Orthopaedics DepartmentMuscular-skeletal Tissue Bank, IFO—Regina Elena National Cancer InstituteRomeItaly
  2. 2.Muscular-skeletal Tissue Bank, IFO—Regina Elena National Cancer InstituteRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Anatomical PathologyIFO—Regina Elena National Cancer InstituteRomeItaly