Bone metastasis from colon carcinoma in an 11-year-old boy: radiological features and brief review of the literature

Marco Colangeli, Carlotta Calamelli, Marco Manfrini, Tommaso Frisoni, Davide Maria Donati

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We report the case of an 11-year-old boy who came to our observation with localized pain in the left arm for nearly 5 months. No previous history of trauma was referred in an otherwise healthy patient. Radiographs, isotope bone-scan, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging of the lesion involving the left humerus are discussed. Histological diagnosis from biopsy of the humerus was metastasis from mucinous adenocarcinoma. The primary tumor site was identified in the sigmoid-descending colon, and at presentation, in addition to the left humerus, the disease had already developed in multiple skeletal sites. This report also considers literature concerning such a rare disease in children. This is, to our knowledge, the first report of childhood colorectal cancer diagnosed because of a bone metastasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-748
Number of pages6
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Bone metastasis
  • Childhood tumors
  • Colon carcinoma
  • Intestinal tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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