Extraosseous aneurysmal cyst in hand: a case report
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Received: 28 September 2008
Accepted: 24 October 2008
Published: 24 October 2008
The presence of primary aneurysmal cyst in soft tissues is a extremely rare and its presence in the soft tissues of hand has never been reported in literature before. We report the first ever case of extraosseous aneurysmal cyst in hand.
A twelve years old girl presented with a swelling in the thenar region on palmer aspect of right hand growing slowly since three months. On X ray, CT scan and excision biopsy the lesion was found to be separate from bone and located in the soft tissue. Its diagnosis was confirmed on histopatholgical examination.
Previously few authors have reported extraosseous aneurysmal cyst in the soft tissues of shoulder, hip and pelvic girdle but nobody has reported its presence in the soft tissues of hand.
Aneurysmal bone cyst is defined as a lesion of bone characterised by the presence of spongy or multi locular cystic tissue filled with blood. The presence of aneurysmal cyst in soft tissues is a rare phenomenon and its presence in the soft tissues of hand has never been reported before.
A twelve years old girl presented with slow growing swelling in the thenar palmer aspect of the right hand since three months. It was not accompanied by pain. There was no history of trauma. On palpation a bony hard, immobile mass, measuring 4.5 cm. in diameter was felt on the thenar eminence. It was non-tender and was not fixed to underlying bone.
Aneurysmal bone cyst arises usually as a primary benign tumour of bone. Lesion is usually primary and less commonly secondary, superimposed on pre-existing benign or malignant bone lesions .
There are very few instances of aneurysmal cyst reported in soft tissue. Aneurysmal bone cyst is an infrequent finding in hand . Two authors have reported extraosseous aneurysmal cyst in the shoulder region with no connection to bone [3, 4]. Other aneurysmal cysts were reported in the soft tissue surrounding the hip  and in the left retroclavicular soft tissue . More recently aneurysmal cyst has been reported in the pelvic girdle region  whereas most previous cases were related to the pectoral region. They found the aneurysmal cyst in the hip adjacent to left illiac bone. One author has commented on the pathogenesis of extraosseous aneurysmal cyst that it is not clear but it can be considered as a result of reparative process stemming from an unperceived trauma.
A thorough literature search and an exhaustive online search revealed no reported cases of aneurysmal cyst in the soft tissue of hand. If we encounter it in unusual sites like hand then it should be diagnosed based on its histology. Depending on symptoms we would advocate it to be treated with an excision surgery.
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Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport, UK
List of abbreviations used
- CT scan:
Computerised Tomographic scan.
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