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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 247328, 6 pages
Case Report

Osteoid Osteoma of the Distal Humerus Mimicking Sequela of Pediatric Supracondylar Fracture: Arthroscopic Resection—Case Report and A Literature Review

1Hand Surgery Unit, Hospital Universitari USP Dexeus, Spain
2Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Received 27 December 2012; Accepted 10 February 2013

Academic Editor: Mamede de Carvalho

Copyright © 2013 Jordi Font Segura 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.


Osteoid osteoma (OO) is a small and painful benign osteoblastic tumour located preferentially in the shaft of long bones near the metaphyseal junctions, with a predilection for the lower limbs. Juxta- and intra-articular OOs are rare and even though hip, elbow, and talus are the most commonly reported locations, they may be found in any joint accounting for approximately 13% of all osteoid osteomas. There is usually a significant time delay between symptom initiation and diagnosis when the lesion is present in an uncommon location due to the diagnostic challenge it presents due to the lack of classical clinical signs and/or radiographic features found in the extra-articular lesions. A case of a distal humerus OO of a 15-year-old girl is presented to point out that a confounding factor, such as a previous paediatric supracondylar fracture, may further delay the already difficult diagnosis of a juxta- or intra-articular osteoid osteoma and also to emphasize the possibility of arthroscopic treatment of such lesions.