Open Access Case Report Article ID: GJMCCR-3-129

    Unusual Coexistence of Giant Cell Tumor and Small Bone Tuberculosis of the Hand - A Case Report

    Gideon Charach*, Itamar Grosskopf, Ronen Shteinvil, Michal Ehrnwald, Hila Nochomovitz, Lior Charach, Lior Zusmanovich, Ori Rogowski, Ori Argov

    Background: The coexistence of giant cell tumor (GCT) and metacarpal bone tuberculosis (TB) of the hand has never been described before in the English written literature. We report here a first observation. 

    Case presentation: We report the case of a 49-year-old male who presented with severe pain in his left hand following a blunt trauma. A plain X-ray of the metacarpal bones showed a pathological fracture of the 4th metacarpal bone (diaphysis), and computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging studies confirmed the diagnosis of destructive (lytic) lesions. biopsy of the metacarpal lesion revealed a GCT, and tissue cultures were positive for mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). He was treated by a standard 4-drug protocol of isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol for 2 months and an additional 6 months of isoniazid and rifampicin. He then underwent excision of the metacarpal lesion, and the pathological examination showed a GCT with cultures negative for TB. 

    Conclusions: The correct diagnosis of this unique combination of pathologies (GCT and metacarpal bone TB) depended on a high index of clinical suspicion, referral to mycobacterial laboratory tests, careful histologic examination of tissue samples and especially radiomorphologic findings.

    Keywords: Giant cell tumor; Tuberculosis; Hand bone lesion; Case report

    Published on: Nov 18, 2016 Pages: 26-28

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-5282.000029
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