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Periosteal ganglion in a child


A case of periosteal ganglion in a 10-year-old boy is reported. The diagnosis of periosteal ganglion was made on roentgenographic and MR appearance and histologic evidence. The patient was successfully treated by excision. The follow-up examination showed no recurrence. Periosteal ganglia must be considered a cause of expanding cortical erosions. This lesion may mimic other peripheral expanding lesions.

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Blanco, J.F., De Pedro, J.A. & Paniagua, J.C. Periosteal ganglion in a child. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg 123, 115–117 (2003).

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  • Periosteal ganglion
  • Periosteal lesions
  • Lytic lesion
  • Ganglion