Osteoid Osteoma of the Hand: a Rare Location
Nahum Rosenberg, Shalom Stahl
Dept. of Orthopedics A, and Hand Surgery Unit, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa
Osteoid osteoma is a benign bone tumor. It is rare in the hand where it may cause local swelling and pain. Marginal resection is almost always curative, without residual functional disability. Because it is rare in this location, osteoid osteoma is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis of painful lesions of the hand, which may delay treatment. Osteoid osteoma in the hand has characteristic clinical, roentgenologic and scintigraphic features. Early diagnosis of this lesion may be improved by recognition of these features. An algorithm for decision-making that may help is proposed. We describe our experience in 3 cases involving, respectively, the capitate bone, a proximal, and a distal phalanx, in which cases marginal resection was curative.