Metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the tibia radiologically mimicking osteosarcoma.
AffiliationThe Adelaide & Meath Hospital Incorporating The National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland.
Local subject classificationCARCINOMA COMPLICATIONS
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CitationMetastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the tibia radiologically mimicking osteosarcoma. 2013, 2013: BMJ Case Rep
JournalBMJ case reports
AbstractWe report a case of a 73-year-old lady with transitional cell carcinoma and no evidence of metastatic disease presenting with gradual weight loss, pretibial swelling and painful weightbearing. Investigations revealed a lesion of the right tibial diaphysis. The radiological and clinical appearance was that of primary osteosarcoma. Biopsy results revealed metastatic transitional cell carcinoma of the tibia. Intramedullary nailing was performed which relieved pain on weightbearing. The patient declined radiotherapy and was started on a palliative care regimen. This case illustrates the importance of histological diagnosis in the treatment of diaphyseal lesions.