Osteoid osteoma of L4: excision by videoendoscopy.

A. Gasbarrini, A. Maresca, F. Sirugo, M. Russo, F. De Iure, S. Boriani

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It is the purpose of this study to demonstrate how in the surgical treatment of vertebral osteoid osteoma a video-aided mini-invasive method may be used as an alternative to modern percutaneous X-ray-CT-guided mini-invasive methods such as radiocoagulation, interstitial photocoagulation with laser injection. Reported here is the case of a female aged 13 years where instrumental testing showed the presence of an osteoid osteoma involving the internal surface of the lamina of L3 and spreading in the lumen of the vertebral canal. Once we established that it was impossible to carry out the aforementioned mini-invasive percutaneous treatment because of the closeness of the osteoid osteoma to the nervous structures, thus risking complications, the only procedure that could guarantee complete removal of the tumor was open aminarthrectomy. But to reduce surgical aggressiveness to a minimum, we decided to proceed by means of a video-aided mini-invasive method with the purpose of limiting hospitalization and recovery time in order to obtain economically favorable results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalLa Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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