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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2014, Article ID 854349, 4 pages
Case Report

Hypertrophic Nonunion Humerus Mimicking an Enchondroma

1Department of Orthopaedics, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak 124001, India
2Hinduja Sindhi Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka 560027, India

Received 29 September 2014; Accepted 3 November 2014; Published 30 November 2014

Academic Editor: Marios G. Lykissas

Copyright © 2014 N. K. Magu 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.


Introduction. Although fractures of humeral shaft show excellent results with conservative management, nonunion does occur. Case Report. We bring forth the case of a young male with a 1.5-year-old hypertrophic nonunion of the humerus mimicking an enchondroma. The initial X-ray images of the patient appeared to be an enchondroma, which only on further evaluation and histopathological analysis was diagnosed conclusively to be a hypertrophic nonunion. Discussion. Enchondromas are often incidentally diagnosed benign tumours. It is however not common to misdiagnose a hypertrophic nonunion to be an enchondroma. We present this case to highlight the unique diagnostic dilemma the treating team had to face.