Langerhans' cell histiocytosis of the clivus: case report and literature review

Pediatr Radiol. 2004 Mar;34(3):267-70. doi: 10.1007/s00247-003-1065-8. Epub 2003 Oct 15.


This report describes a 5-year-old girl with Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (LCH) of the clivus. To date only five patients, including our patient, have been described with LCH at this site. Our patient differs from those previously reported by her atypical clinical presentation with torticollis, but without a sixth nerve palsy. In addition, she is the first patient to present with concomitant disease elsewhere at the time of diagnosis, i.e. both femoral necks and left proximal humerus. Our patient thus presents unique features and underlines the importance of including LCH in the differential diagnosis of erosive lesions of the clivus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Cranial Fossa, Posterior*
  • Female
  • Histiocytosis, Langerhans-Cell / diagnosis*
  • Humans