An unusual case of osteomyelitis of IV metacarpus mimicking osteosarcoma

Carmine Zoccali, Umberto Prencipe, Ferdinando Marandino, Leonardo Favale

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The differential diagnosis of osteolytic lesions is very difficult because it is to be distinguish among tumoral masses, infective lesions and metabolic diseases that might have a similar imaging. To allow a correct therapy is often necessary to perform biopsy, histopathology and infectious test. We report an unusual case of non-specific osteomyelitis where all clinical and radiological aspects suggested a diagnosis of osteosarcoma.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology Extra
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Spina ventosa
  • Tubercular osteomyelitis
  • Tubular bones osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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