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Case Reports in Endocrinology
Volume 2012, Article ID 986952, 3 pages
Case Report

Xanthoma of Bone: A Case Report

Nuclear Medicine Department, University of Mohammed V-Souissi, Rabat, Morocco

Received 26 December 2011; Accepted 30 January 2012

Academic Editors: T. Konrad and H. Takeyama

Copyright © 2012 Hasnae Guerrouj et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bone xanthoma is a rare disease due to the presence of cholesterol deposits in the bone. We report a case of a 56-year-old patient who was hospitalized in orthopedic department for fracture on the left humerus. Histological examination of bone biopsy performed at this site has objectified cholesterol deposits. Laboratory tests showed hypercholesterolemia with hypertriglyceridemia. The diagnosis of bone xanthoma was selected. The fracture was treated surgically. An initial bone scan revealed bone lesions localized especially at the humerus and femur. The patient was put under fenofibrate and statins. The evolution was marked by gradual regression of lesions in bone scans of control.