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Calcifying cystic lesion of calcaneum
  1. H Sharma1,
  2. G R Taylor2
  1. 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK
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A 28 year old woman of Asian origin presented with a seven year history of intermittent right heel pain. She had no history of trauma. She had suffered from intestinal tuberculosis in childhood, which was confirmed after a histological examination of the appendix. There were no other musculoskeletal sites involved. Systemic examination was unremarkable, but examination of the foot and ankle disclosed a significant medial calcaneal tenderness without limitation of ankle and subtalar motion. Haematological and biochemical markers were within normal limits. Lateral (fig 1) and axial (fig 2) radiographic views of the calcaneum revealed a large lytic lesion, with generous calcifying margins, occupying the posteroinferomedial portion of the calcaneum.

Figure 1

Lateral view of calcaneum.

Figure 2

Axial view of calcaneum.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed heterogenous low signal intensity in the posterior part of calcaneum measuring 2.5 × 2.5 × 2.5 cm, with a small breach in the cortex. The lesion was sharply demarcated from rest of the bone. There was no local marrow signal change and no soft tissue extension (figs 3, 4, and 5).

Figure 3

MRI scan: T1W sagittal.

Figure 4

MRI scan: T2W coronal.

Figure 5

MRI scan: T2W transverse plantar.


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