, Volume 97, Issue 3, pp 251–253 | Cite as

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


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.


Chondrosarcoma Neurinoma Ossificans myositis Paravertebral 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

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