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An Enlarging Distal Tibia Osteochondroma in the Adult Patient

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  • 1 Division of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, University Magna Graecia, Medical Sciences, V.le Europa, Catanzaro, Italy.
  • | 2 Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, School of Medicine, “Federico II” University Hospital, Naples, Italy.
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The extensive enlargement of a solitary osteochondroma in a skeletally mature patient is rare and might result from malignant transformation. Excision of such a lesion in the distal and lateral aspect of the tibia is difficult because of the risk of injury to the neurovascular structures and the possible functional consequences with respect to ankle stability. We present a case of an active osteochondroma arising from the posterolateral distal tibia in an adult patient. The tumor was successfully excised by using a transfibular approach with fibular reconstruction. No signs of recurrence were noted 2 years after surgery. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 99(2): 157–161, 2009)

Corresponding author: Olimpio Galasso, MD, Division of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, University Magna Graecia, Medical Sciences, V.le Europa, Catanzaro, Italy 88100. (E-mail: galasso@unicz.it)