Arterial embolization of a secondary aneurysmatic bone cyst of the thoracic spine prior to surgical excision in a 15-year-old girl

Eur J Radiol. 2002 Jul;43(1):79-81. doi: 10.1016/s0720-048x(01)00406-5.


We report on a 15-year-old girl with a secondary aneurysmatic bone cyst of the thoracic spine with extension into the spinal canal on the basis of an osteoblastoma. Surgical treatment was facilitated by preoperative embolization of the highly-vascular tumor. Excision of the tumor was performed without extensive intraoperative blood loss. Following excision, transpedicular-stabilization of the spinal column was achieved using a fixateur intern. We conclude that superselective embolization of benign lesions of the spinal column constitutes a feasible means of reducing intraoperative bleeding complications, thus enhancing resectability.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Blood Loss, Surgical / prevention & control
  • Bone Cysts, Aneurysmal / surgery
  • Bone Cysts, Aneurysmal / therapy*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Spinal Diseases / surgery
  • Spinal Diseases / therapy*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae*