Recurrent burner syndrome due to presumed cervical spine osteoblastoma in a collision sport athlete -- a case report

Elias, Ilan; Pahl, Michael A.; Zoga, Adam C.; Goins, Maurice L.; Vaccaro, Alexander R.
January 2007
Journal of Brachial Plexus & Peripheral Nerve Injury;2007, Vol. 2, p13
Academic Journal
We present a case of a 35-year-old active rugby player presenting with a history of recurrent burner syndrome thought secondary to an osteoblastoma involving the posterior arch of the atlas. Radiographically, the lesion had features typical for a large osteoid osteoma or osteoblastoma, including osseous expansion, peripheral sclerosis and bony hypertrophy, internal lucency, and even suggestion of a central nidus. The patient subsequently underwent an en bloc resection of the posterior atlas via a standard posterior approach. The surgery revealed very good clinical results. In this report, we will discuss in detail, the presentation, treatment, and return to play recommendations involving this patient.


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