European Spine Journal

, Volume 20, Supplement 2, pp 309–313 | Cite as

Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma with adolescent thoracic scoliosis: a case report and review of literature

  • Yong Zhu
  • Guixing QiuEmail author
  • Hong Zhao
  • Jinqian Liang
  • Xiaohua Shi
Case Report


Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE) is a rare locally aggressive vascular tumor that usually presents as a superficial or deep soft tissue mass with associated cutaneous lesions. We report a unique spinal KHE with painless thoracic scoliosis in a 14-year-old girl. She underwent simultaneous tumor biopsy, spinal deformity correction and fusion. At 3 years follow-up, the patient’s MRI showed no significant deterioration of process without any therapy. KHE presenting as scoliosis is rare and to our knowledge this is the first recognized case in the reported world literature.


Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma Scoliosis Treatment 


Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Zhu
    • 1
  • Guixing Qiu
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hong Zhao
    • 2
  • Jinqian Liang
    • 2
  • Xiaohua Shi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryThe First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Peking Union Medical College HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Pathology, Peking Union Medical College HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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