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01.12.2012 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

World Journal of Surgical Oncology 1/2012

Osteoblastoma of the rib with CT and MR imaging: a case report and literature review

World Journal of Surgical Oncology > Ausgabe 1/2012
Jing Ye, Liqing Liu, Jingtao Wu, Shouan Wang
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1477-7819-10-49) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

JY carried out studies and participated in the Literature review. LL participated in the Clinical information collecting including follow-up. JW paticipated in the Literature review, and SW paticipated in imaging reading. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


Osteoblastoma is a rare bone tumor which is mostly found in the vertebral column and long bone. We describe a 59-year-old woman with osteoblastoma in the right fifth posterior segment of the rib, whose presenting symptoms were right back pain for two years and awakened at night. Chest computer tomography (CT) and thoracic spine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings included an expansile lesion of the right fifth rib and an ossified matrix. Surgical resection of the lesion confirmed a benign osteoblastoma. 12 months follow-up revealed disappearance of right back pain. Rib osteoblastoma in plain film has been described previously; however, to our knowledge this is the only case report emphasized in CT and MR imaging.
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