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Scoliosis. 2009 Apr 27;4:9. doi: 10.1186/1748-7161-4-9.

Undiagnosed osteoid osteoma of the spine presenting as painful scoliosis from adolescence to adulthood: a case report.

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1st Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Athens, Attikon University Hospital, Haidari, Greece.
Spine Unit, Metropolitan Hospital, Faliro, Greece.
2nd Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Athens, Agia Olga General Hospital, N. Ionia, Greece.
Contributed equally


Presented here is a case of a young woman, with an undiagnosed osteoid osteoma of the spine, which presented with painful scoliosis in adolescence and was treated by bracing until her accession to adulthood. A more thorough investigation, years after the initial one, revealed the tumor. Surgical excision and stabilization offered the long-awaited cure. Misdiagnosis resulted in intractable pain for years, deformity, the discomfort of brace therapy, and the frustration of a prolonged yet ineffective treatment.

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