Intra-articular osteoid osteoma of the humerus with synovitis simulating chronic monoarthritis of the elbow in a recreational tennis player

  • V. Sanchis-Alfonso
  • E. Rosello-Sastre
  • J. Castellanos
  • J. Esquerdo
Originals Synovial Problems


We present a case of intra-articular osteoid osteoma of the humerus simulating chronic monoarthritis of the elbow in an 18-year-old male right-handed recreational tennis player. CT revealed a well-defined nidus in the coronoid fossa. Microscopic examination of the synovium showed a lymphofollicular synovitis that resembled the synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis.

Key words

Bone tumors Osteoid-forming lesions Osteoid osteoma CT imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Sanchis-Alfonso
    • 1
  • E. Rosello-Sastre
    • 2
  • J. Castellanos
    • 3
  • J. Esquerdo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsHospital Arnau de VilanovaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of PathologyHospital Arnau de VilanovaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Department of RheumatologyHospital Arnau de VilanovaValenciaSpain

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