Journal article

Successful Treatment of a Sacral Aneurysmal Bone Cyst With Zoledronic Acid

Peter J Simm, Mark O'Sullivan, Margaret R Zacharin

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) in the sacrum pose a management challenge as their location usually means that surgical excision is not possible. Strategies such as embolization have been used previously but have the potential for significant side effects. We report the successful use of bisphosphonate treatment (zoledronic acid) in an 8-year-old boy who presented with an ABC that did not respond to embolization. METHODS: The patient presented with pain and progressive limp. After radiologic and histologic confirmation of the diagnosis, embolization therapy was trialed, which was unsuccessful. At this point, he had severe pain and extremely limited mobility, requiring the use of a w..

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