Giant cell tumor of the occipital bone: A case report and review of the literature

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HANEDAN USLU G. D., CANYILMAZ E., Yoney A., Aydin S., Sahbaz A., SARI A.

ONCOLOGY LETTERS, vol.8, no.1, pp.151-154, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3892/ol.2014.2086
  • Journal Name: ONCOLOGY LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.151-154
  • Keywords: cranium, giant cell tumor, occipital bone, radiotherapy, TERM-FOLLOW-UP, MEGAVOLTAGE RADIOTHERAPY, RADIATION-THERAPY, SPHENOID BONE, CALVARIA, SKULL
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: No


Giant cell tumors (GCTs) are usually found in the epiphysis of the long bones, and represent similar to 5% of all bone tumors. Only <1% of GCTs are localized in the cranium. When localized in the cranium, GCTs are commonly observed in the sphenoid or temporal bones, and rarely in the parietal or frontal bones. Occipital bone posterior fossa involvement is an extremely rare occurrence. The current study presents a 22-year-old female patient was admitted to the Department of Radiation Oncology (Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey) with complaints of neck pain and headache. The patients cranial magnetic resonance images showed a 2.5 6-cm mass in the occipital bone, which was subtotally excised. The patient was treated with radiotherapy following the surgery. At present, the patient has shown no progression after 20 months of follow-up.