Pattern of primary tumors and tumor-like lesions of bone in children: retrospective survey of biopsy results

Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2015 Sep 1;8(9):11543-8. eCollection 2015.

Abstract

Background: Although primary bone tumors are relatively uncommon, they constitute the most important tumors in patients less than 20 years. We aimed to determine the frequencies of primary bone tumors and tumor-like lesions of bone and the anatomical sites of their occurrence.

Methods: A retrospective review of histopathology reports of all bone specimens received in a private pathology laboratory in Istanbul between 2009 and 2015.

Results: A total of 57 patients (aged 5 to 18 years) with a mean of 13.12 years were studied. Thirty five patients (61.4%) were males and 22 (38.6%) were females. Fifty five (94.4%) of the tumors were benign. Osteochondroma was the commonest tumor accounting for 31 cases (54.3%) followed by osteoid osteoma, 9 cases (15.7%). Chondrosarcoma observed in two patients and Ewing sarcoma in one patient as malignant tumors. Of the 57 bone tumors 13 (22.8%) occurred in the upper extremities, while 44 (77.2%) were in the lower extremities. Proximal humerus was the most commonly involved site in upper extremity tumors, with osteochondromas representing the most frequent type of tumor (4 patients; 7%). In the lower extremities again osteochondromas were the most common type of tumor (8 cases, 14%), with the femur being the most common site of involvement (18 patients, 31.5%). Of the patients with tumor-like lesions; four patients had fibrous dysplasia, 4 patients had non-ossified fibromas, 4 patients had simple bone cysts and 3 had aneurismal bone cyst.

Conclusion: This study showed that primary bone tumors were mainly benign, settled predominantly in the lower extremities mostly in the femur with a male preponderance. Osteochondroma was the most common benign bone tumor. We didn't observed osteosarcoma, which is the most frequent malignant bone tumor.

Keywords: Benign; bone tumors; malignant; pediatric.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biopsy
  • Bone Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chondrosarcoma / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Humerus / pathology
  • Male
  • Osteochondroma / pathology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sarcoma, Ewing / pathology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey